Verdi Messa da Requiem

Special note: This title has been released twice by C Major with different catalogue numbers and artwork. The upper images in the story below refer to C Major Catalogue No. 713804 which was released in 2013. It has Amazon AISN B00FEMGCH4:


The next images below refer to C Major Catalogue No. 741304 which was released in 2017. It has Amazon AISN B072B8R6T1:


The most obvious difference between the two titles is the artwork on the front page. But there are other tiny differences. For example, the art on the back of the keepcase shows the concert track in 2017 version runs 4 minutes longer than in 2013, and the Bonus is described in slightly different words. Now let's move on to information common to these titles:

Verdi Messa da Requiem. Recorded 2013 at the Hollywood Bowl. Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Soloists are Julianna DiGiacomo (soprano), Michelle DeYoung (mezzo), Vittorio Grigolo (tenor), and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (bass). Directed for TV by Michael Beyer; produced by Bernhard Fleischer. Sung in Latin. Subtitles in Latin, German, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. Released 2013, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Malcolm Riley reviewed the 2013 version of this in the March 2014 Gramophone at page 76. He especially liked the orchestra and the chorus. But he did note difficulties one encounters recording classical music in a band shell before 11,000 spectators. He also paid some attention to the video itself stating, "Visually, I wonder how often one would regularly re-view this performance. Some of the camera angles are awkward and the lighting makes everything look somewhat  flat." Hugo Shirley reviewed the 2017 version of this in the Gramophone 2017 "Awards Edition" at pages 107-109! Shirley was apparently not aware that his magazine already had published the 2013 review of the exact same video. All this is just more evidence of how little attention the fine folks at Gramophone give to the growing Blu-ray market for recordings of classical music.

I'm confident this was an exciting performance. But recording sight and sound live outdoors is always a huge challenge for the technicians. And with Michael Beyer around, you would expect an infection of DVDitis as well.

(This reminds me of when my family went to the Atlanta Olympics and we had nice tickets for the women's beach volley ball games (ultimate girl-watching exercise). When we took our seats, there was a jumble of TV cameras and a crane right between us and the court. I complained to the supervisor of the TV crew that we couldn't see the action. He said, "Sir, there are 2 billion people watching what I'm shooting right now and you want me to move my gear?" Well, at the next intermission in the matches, the TV crew did in fact move to the other corner of the court and cleared up our line-of-sight (to the consternation of other spectators). I had, of course, no idea whether my complaint had anything to do with this move by the TV guys. But I did for several days catch my children gazing on me with respect and even awe---something that fathers rarely experience.)

If you want to buy the old version, here goes:


If you want to shop around, here are buttons for the 2017 version: