[ Deutsche Grammophon DVD / DVD ]
Release Date: Friday 1 November 2013
Two of the biggest names in opera join forces for a live performance from historic Red Square in the heart of 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 return to their native Russia, singing a brilliant programme of popular arias and duets from some of the world's best-loved operas, including Tosca, Eugene Onegin, and, celebrating Verdi's bicentenary, Il trovatore.
They are accompanied by Russia's State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov" and the huge forces of the Academic Grand Choir Masters of Choral Singing, under the baton of Constantine Orbelian.
Every detail of the once-in-a-lifetime event is faithfully captured by director Frank Hof, whose work includes the memorable Anna Netrebko, Placido Domingo, and Rolando Villazon performance at Berlin's Waldbuhne, which Classical CD Review called "an absolute knock-out"… The two brought "the audience to a stunned silence with the despairing aria from Eugene Onegin" Bloomberg reported.
7500 people were present on the Red Square, more than 400 cinemas have screened the concert worldwide. Channel 1 ( Russia) , ZDF (Germany) , Arte ( France, Germany) and ORF (Austria) all have been broadcasting the Red Square concert- literally millions of viewers have seen this great evening.
" Netrebko is in excellent vocal form . . . The most moving work comes with the "Onegin" final duet: here [Netrebko and Hvorostovsky] give detailed performances, sounding wonderful and fired up. Encores find Netrebko dancing and whooping delightfully through the "Csárdásfürstin" aria in Russian and Hvorostovsky working his genuine, uncondescending magic on a schmaltzed-up "Ochi chornye" and (with Netrebko and the audience taking choruses) "Moscow Nights."" Opera News
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)