Friday, March 25, 2011

A Friday Finale: Bernstein, Arroyo and Verdi

Generally speaking, Chiclets - I like to bring you a stunning photo for A Friday Finale. But today, I thought I would bring you the incredible finale from Verdi's Messa da Requiem - which is, of course, the Libera Me.

To set the scene here, we have Maestro Leonard Bernstein conducting The London Symphony Orchestra at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The soloists for this stellar concert were soprano Martina Arroyo, mezzo-soprano Josephine Veasey, tenor Placido Domingo(who was only 29 years old at the time), and bass Ruggero Raimondi.

What I find remarkable about this clip - putting the sheer beauty of Martina Arroyo aside - is the incredible conducting from the 52 year old Maestro. When the clip begins, you can see his fatigue ... or, maybe he was just in need of a cigarette break. To be honest, I've so been there ... in times past, of course. Remarkably, he comes back pretty quickly with conducting that is exciting, stirring, inspiring and yes, theatrical. Truly beyond amazing.

Enjoy the clip ... and afterwards, make sure to check out this link to hear the 29 year old Placido Domingo in the beginning of the Requiem ... he opens up right around the 6:53 mark. I don't know many 29 year old tenors around today who make sounds like his - sing big.

1 comment:

Monifa said...

What an incredible Friday Finale. Martina Arroyo's singing is breathtaking and Bernstein movements match what I'm feeling when I listen to this music. The reinforcement makes the experience that much more sublime! Thanks for posting!

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