- Live From Red Square
This DVD is the ‘DVD of the Month’ for January, 2014:
Two of the biggest names in opera join forces for a live performance from Moscow, captured in stunning sound and vision with 18 high definition cameras and 5.1 cinema surround sound.
Recorded at a superb live concert on 19 June 2013, Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky returned to their native Russia, singing a brilliant program of popular arias and duets from some of the world’s best-loved operas, including Tosca, Eugene Onegin, and, Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
We get to hear the following:
La mamma morta (from Andrea Chénier)
Ochi chyornye (Dark Eyes)
Heia, in den Bergen from Die Csárdásfürstin
Tre sbirri…Una carozza…Presto ‘Te Deum’ (from Tosca)
Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)
Uzh kak po mostu, mostochku (from Eugene Onegin)
O! Kak mnye tyazhelo! ? Onegin! Ya togda molozhe (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)
La forza del destino Overture
Mercè, dilette amiche ‘Bolero’ (from I Vespri Siciliani)
O Carlo, ascolta (from Don Carlo)
Anvil Chorus (from Il Trovatore)
Tacea la notte (from Il Trovatore)
Il balen del suo sorriso (from Il Trovatore)
Udiste? Come albeggi la scure al figlio (from Il Trovatore)
Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)
Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (from Rigoletto)
Performed by Anna Netrebko (soprano), and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Evgeny Svetlanov.
The DVD opens with dramatic “La forza del destino” overture – setting the emotional bar high right from the start.
Then Dmitry Hvorostovsky gives a powerful performance of Rodrigo’s aria from Don Carlo “O Carlo, ascolta…” and “Tutto e deserto…” from Il trovatore, which leave listeners in nothing less than total amazement.
Anna Netrebko reached new heights of vocal and dramatic presentation in the “La Mamma Morta” by Giordano.
Ms. Netrebko is not only a terrific singer. She also has strong acting abilities, as well as a phenomenal stage presence and a sense if humor. All of these qualities can be seen in my favorite video of hers titled ‘Meine Lippen sie kuessen so heiss’ (My Lips, they kiss so hot)
And here is another favorite: “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz”, that she sings beautifully with Placido Domingo, and Rollando Villazon:
Tags: Anna Netrebko, Meine Lippen, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Live From Red Square