GUSTAVO DUDAMEL AND THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC RELEASE VERDI’S REQUIEM ON DVD
Available on DVD and Blu-ray on November 19, 2013
Los Angeles, CA (November 5, 2013) - Grammy-winners Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will release their DVD and Blu-ray of Verdi’s Requiem on C Major Entertainment, distributed in the USA by Naxos of America, on November 19, 2013. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth, the DVD was recorded live at the Hollywood Bowl on August 13 & 15, 2013, and features the Los Angeles Master Chorale, directed by Grant Gershon, and four world-class soloists. The international release date is November 17, 2013. This is the first release from Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil recorded at the Hollywood Bowl.
“Gustavo Dudamel puts an intimate flourish on Verdi’s Requiem,” said the Los Angeles Times about the performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl. “A page was turned and a new chapter begun in the maturation of a music director.” Dudamel is joined by a cast of internationally-known singers: bass Ildebrando D´Arcangelo, who regularly performs at La Scala, the Wiener Staatsoper, London’s Royal Opera and the Salzburg Festival; tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who regularly guests at La Scala, Covent Garden and The Metropolitan Opera; mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung, known for performances with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Chicago Symphony; and soprano Julianna Di Giacomo, who regularly guests at The Metropolitan Opera and LA Opera, among other international opera houses. The DVD will also include a short documentary about the “Making of” (18’).
Gustavo Dudamel is in his fifth season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where his contract has already been extended through 2018-19, the orchestra’s 100th season. Under his leadership the Los Angeles Philharmonic has expanded its diversified outreach through many projects, most notably Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), influenced by Venezuela’s widely successful El Sistema. He is one of the most decorated conductors of his generation, examples of which include Musical America’s 2013 Musician of the Year, 2013 Gramophone Hall of Fame, 2010 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, 2009 l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres as a Chevalier and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, and 2008 “Q Prize” from Harvard, along with several honorary doctorates.
C Major Entertainment is one of Europe's biggest TV and home-video companies for classical music. It compiles more than 2,000 hours of TV programming and has released more than 200 Blu-rays and DVDs with artists like Jonas Kaufmann, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Christian Thielemann, Andris Nelsons, Mariss Jansons, Pierre Boulez, Sir Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and many more. Moreover, C Major was awarded with the prestigious German Echo Award for Best DVD for Wagner The Ring (staged by La Fura dels Baus) and The Little Mermaid.
Headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, Naxos of America (http://www.facebook.com/NaxosUSA) is the #1 independent classical music distributor in the U.S. and Canada. Specializing in state-of-the-art distribution, marketing and promotion, Naxos of America distributes nearly 35,000 titles on CD and DVD to traditional brick and mortar retail, as well as offering a comprehensive suite of services tailored to consumer direct fulfillment. Naxos of America is also the largest digital distributor of independent classical music, supplying a catalog of over 30,000 albums to hundreds of digital download and mobile outlets worldwide. Naxos of America offers marketing, e-marketing, publicity, e-publicity, physical and digital e-commerce services, licensing opportunities, streaming services, sales and customer service for all new releases and active catalog titles of Naxos Records and more than 150 distributed labels.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (www.laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (www.hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.