Live from Red Square

Live from Red Square concert staring Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Anna and Dmitri perform popular opera arias and duets June 2013 on a concert stage in Red Square, Moscow. Constatine Orberian conducts the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov" and the Acamemic Grand Choir Masters of Choral Singing. Directed for video by Frank Hof. Subtitles in German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!

This was released in October about 4 months after the performance of the concert to an audience of about 7,500! So this is almost a current event. According to the PR, it's already been seen by millions on European television. It's  a best seller with MDT in England, and it has many rave customer reviews on Amazon. In the March 2014 Opera News at page 63, David Shengold heaps praise on this as a fun concert and gives it his "Critic's Choice" award  for the month. So I've got this on by buy list.

We know it's hard to turn an outdoor event like this into a high-quality record for viewing in a home theater. But Frank Hof was the  Video Director for The Berlin Concert, which earned a B+ grade on this website.

Titles like this also tend to duplicate songs you already have on other discs. Here are the selections:
1. Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, Act 3 Polonaise
2. Verdi La forza del destino Overture
3. Verdi I vespri siciliani "Mercè, dilette amiche"  Netrebko
4. Verdi Don Carlo "O Carlo, ascolta ... Io morrò, ma lieto in core" Hvorostovsky
5. Verdi Il Trovatore "Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie" (Anvil Chorus)
6. Vendi Il Trovatore "Tacea la notte placida" -"Di tale amor"  Netrebko
7. Verdi Il Trovatore "Tutto è deserto" - "Il balen del suo sorriso" Hvorostovsky
8. Verdi Il Trovatore "Udiste? Come albeggi ... Mira, di acerbe lagrime"  Netrebko and Hvorostovsky
9. Puccini Tosca "Tre sbirri, una carrozza ... Va', Tosca!" Hvorostovsky
10. Umberto Giordano Andrea Chénier "La mamma morta" Netrebko
11. Verdi Nabucco "Va, pensiero"
12. Verdi Rigoletto "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" Hvorostovsky
13. Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin "Uzh kak po mostu, mostochku" (Peasants)
14. Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin  Polonaise
15.Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin "O! Kak mnye tyazhelo!" Netrebko and Hvorostovsky
16. Emmerich Kálmán The Gypsy Princess (Die Csárdásfürstin) "Khei-ia! Khei-ia! Tam, v gorakh" Netrebko
17. Florian Hermann "Ochi chyornye"(Dark Eyes) Hvorostovsky 18. Vasilij Solovjov-Sedoj "Podmoskovnye vechera" (Moscow Nights) Netrebko and Hvorostovsky 

I note the names of both the orchestra and the choir each has 7 words. Somehow such ponderous officiousness bothers me: I wonder if they use secret policemen as ushers. But the artwork is refreshingly groovy, and the purchase price will be attractive also, it appears.

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