Notes & Reviews:
In his magnificent Requiem, first heard in Milan in 1874, Verdi brought all his dramatic genius to a sacred text. The chorus and orchestra of the Paris Opera, under their music director Philippe Jordan, marked the composer's bicentenary in 2013 with two performances of the work. Joining them was an impressive quartet of soloists: Kristin Lewis, Violeta Urmana, Piotr Beczala and Ildar Abdrazakov. 'The result was a performance on an elevated level,' wrote ForumOpera. 'The audience rose to its feet to acknowledge an interpretation that sought less to wake the dead than to pay them tribute. That was precisely Verdi's intention when he originally decided to compose a Requiem to honor [the poet] Alessandro Manzoni [...] Kristin Lewis' voice blossoms to the full in the scores of Verdi's maturity [...] Violeta Urmana was even throughout her range, with a generous middle register and sure top notes [...] Piotr Beczala's sculpted tone accommodated both nuance and restraint and [...] Ildar Abdrazakov's singing was [...] filled with humanity [...] his tone noble, cut from royal cloth.'Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: Opéra Bastille, Paris, France (06/10/2013-06/11/2013).
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Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
- Performers: Piotr Beczala (Tenor); Violeta Urmana (Soprano); Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass); Kristin Lewis
- Conductor: Philippe Jordan
- Ensemble: Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris
- Notes: Opéra Bastille, Paris, France (06/10/2013-06/11/2013)
- Running Time: 73 min. 35 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1874