Verdi: Requiem (CD) – London Symphony Orchestra

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Verdi: Requiem (CD) – London Symphony Orchestra

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Erika Grimaldi, Daniela Barcellona, Francesco Meli, Michele Pertusi, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
Number of Discs: 1
Label: LSO Live
CD Release Date: April 7, 2017

Recently appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda gathered an outstanding cast of Italian stars for these searing performances of Verdi’s Requiem to open the LSO’s 16/17 season.

The Requiem shows Verdi’s mastery of choral writing at its most concentrated, and its dramatic power, most evident in the famous "Dies irae," echoes the composer’s approach to opera, for which he is best known. Written as a memorial for the Italian writer and poet Alessandro Manzoni, the Requiem began life as a collaboration of pieces written by Italian composers to honor Gioachino Rossini’s death. Verdi had suggested the group each compose a movement for the Requiem, however, nine days before the premiere was due to take place, the organizing committee abandoned the project. Frustrated and disheartened, Verdi toyed with his submitted movement Libera Me for many years, ultimately completing the entire work on his own to celebrate the life of Manzoni.

Verdi’s purpose was religious as well as dramatic. For the great Italian, the death of the eminent writer was a grievous blow. His Requiem may be seen as a protest against the outrage of death as much as a plea for celestial peace, and it is a work of the most highly concentration emotion.

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