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Gustavo Dudamel conducting at the Hollywood Bowl might not sound the path to gravity that this work demands, but in fact that’s just what this performance delivers. Dudamel’s Los Angeles forces are superbly drilled: the brass section and the chorus deserve special mention, and the performance has an air of measured concentration and even spirituality. The four soloists are well-matched. Michelle DeYoung’s mezzo has panache and punch and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo’s bronze bass has sufficient tonal depth to realise his opportunities. Of Vittorio Grigolo’s vocal ability there is no doubt, but he is already cultivating a Gigli sob and he slightly over-acts his part, looking operatically anguished rather than exultant. Best of all is Juliana DiGiacomo, whose soprano has the soaring line to dominate proceedings, but who can also file her volume down to a thread for the Requiem aeternam. She should be storming the world’s stages as a Verdi soprano of choice.

Francis Muzzu Read the full review on Agora Classica


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