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Verdi: Requiem / López-Cobos

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
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Notes & Reviews:

Verdi's Requiem is a work of white-hot dramatic intensity, infused with his lifetime of composing opera. His approach to religion is explosive, emotional, and full of temperament and fear, the latter being wonderfully conveyed by Lopez-Cobos in this concert performance. All forces give thrilling performances and the electrifying Dies Irae is a barnstorming triumph. The quartet of soloists delivers moments of calm prayer, for example the exquisite Recordare for soprano & mezzo duet, though all in all this is music to lift the spirit and raise the pulse.

"Price's gleaming, angelic tone is ravishing...Her colleagues, including Giuseppe Giacomini, would be luxury casting today. Jesus Lopez-Cobos conducts a splendidly dramatic account of the score and the LPO Choir raise the roof." -Sunday Times

"[Price's] gleaming purity of tone in the upper register produces some treasurable moments, not just when soaring over the rest of the forces to nail peaks of dramatic intensity but also as a formidable linchpin with the emotional landscape of ensembles... The chorus, a thrillingly responsive and alert corporate body, encompasses power and sensitivity" -International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (04/24/1983).


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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
  • Performers: Livia Budai (Soprano); Giuseppe Giacomini (Tenor); Robert Lloyd; Margaret Price
  • Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos
  • Running Time: 56 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874