The father of the modern Italian novel and a hero to 19th-century Italian nationalists, Alessandro Manzoni was venerated by Verdi for both his artistic talent and his moral force. When Manzoni died, Verdi could not bring himself to attend the funeral. But eventually he decided to honour Manzoni with a Requiem Mass, a monumental piece with all the dramatic power and expressive lyricism of Verdi’s operas. "Only a genius could have written such a work," Brahms said.
"Gustavo Dudamel puts an intimate flourish on Verdi’s Requiem", the Los Angeles Times writes about Dudamel’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl. "A page was turned and a new chapter begun in the maturation of a music director."
Dudamel is joined by a cast of high-class singers: Ildebrando D´Arcangelo, who regularly performs at La Scala, the Wiener Staatsoper, London’s Royal Opera or the Salzburg Festival, the upcoming star tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who regularly guests at La Scala, Covent Garden, the MET etc., Michelle DeYoung, who performs with leading orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra etc., and Julianna Di Giacomo, who regularly guests at the MET, the LA Opera and other international opera houses. Also available: Making Of (18’).
From the Hollywood Bowl:
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano
Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano
Vittorio Grigolo, tenor
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, bass
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon, music director