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Verdi: Requiem - Carreras/Price/Norman/Raimondi [DVD]

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Giuseppe Verdi, himself an honored patriotic figure, held the poet Alessandro Manzoni in the highest of esteem. The great Requiem mass, as superb and typical as any of his operas, was composed by Verdi in memory of "Il Santo Don Alessandro". This live recording from the world's greatest arts festivals features Claudio Abbado, internationally acclaimed as one of the finest conductors of the day, who studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. A rare gathering of four of the world's most distinguished singers sets the scene for an unforgettable performance of one of the most dramatic Requiem Masses.

Giuseppe Verdi, himself an honored patriotic figure, held the poet Alessandro Manzoni in the highest of esteem. The great Requiem mass, as superb and typical as any of his operas, was composed by Verdi in memory of "Il Santo Don Alessandro". This live recording from the world's greatest arts festivals features Claudio Abbado, internationally acclaimed as one of the finest conductors of the day, who studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.

"With Gergiev's new Phillips recording of Verdi's Requiem proving something of a disappointment in the composer's centenary year hopes of something special hinge on Arthaus's DVD release of this justly famous Edinburgh Festival performance. It is sensational, one of the most compelling performances I have heard of this work...Holding all this together is an inspired Claudio Abbado. His mastery of the score is never in doubt, his handling of the chorus superb, and he encourages from the LSO hugely dynamic playing (the brass are truly thrilling)...This is a DVD that listeners will return to again and again for a performance that ranks amongst the very greatest ever committed to disc. It will not disappoint." - Marc Bridle, Music Web international

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 96 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby 2.0,



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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
  • Performers: José Carreras (Tenor); Jessye Norman (Mezzo Soprano); Margaret Price (Soprano); Ruggero Raimondi (Bass)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1874