Verdi "Requiem" on PBS 9/11
Posted 11 September 2002 - 12:32 AM
Liberty as dramatic backdrops,this live performance of
Giuseppe Verdi's REQUIEM at Liberty State Park in
Jersey City,N.J.,features performances by the New
Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Rider University's
Westminster Symphonic Choir and soloists:
soprano Sylvie Valayre
mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick
tenor Salvatore Licitra
bass Samuel Ramey
conducted by: ???
September 11, 2002 Wednesday, 10pm Eastern/9pm Central
PBS Stations. Check local listings.
Looks like PBS has come through. Some real star power among the soloists, especially Ramey and Zajick.
The Verdi Requiem presents challenges for broadcasters because of its huge dynamic range.
Good luck and Godspeed to all forum members who are participating in the world wide Mozart "Requiem", which has already begun.
Posted 12 September 2002 - 07:44 AM
Posted 12 September 2002 - 07:57 AM
Posted 12 September 2002 - 05:21 PM
Dress rehearsals are taped for a few reasons--one is to have a tape available to replace cracked notes, bad entrances and things like that, if the director decides to do so. Generally these fixes would only be done for later release of the tape, not for the broadcast. Also it gives the director a chance to check lighting, placement, etc. In this case Sylvie Valayre, for example, probably would have had a shawl to cover her bare shoulders.
The dress came after a day of rehearsals, so everyone was must have been very tired by the time the tape rolled. Singers tend to "mark" during rehearsals, but it still takes a toll. Shows just how much stamina is necessary to be a performing artist.
Additionally, if was the first time that Salvatore Licitra had sung the role, so he was probably both nervous and tired.
It was quite something for the camera to pan the empty seats, turning what was a quickly put together substitute into a coup de theater. It was a visual, if not intended, reminder of the thousands who had perished and why this performance was being done.
Posted 12 September 2002 - 05:30 PM
Ed mentioned the "Rolling Requiem." ABC-News ended it's l-o-n-g coverage of 9/11 with a quite substantial clip of these performances. (Mozart's Requiem was sung 'round the clock yesterday, going round the world from city to city, amateur groups and noted choirs.) I must confess that, listening to that music, and thinking of the idea of having one piece of music being played like that -- THINK of the sound waves going to our friends in Outer Space -- I thought less of 9/11 and more of Mozart. What a triumph!
Posted 12 September 2002 - 06:43 PM
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