Notes & Reviews:
Remembered principally today as a composer for the double bass, Bottesini excelled in other forms, including opera and sacred music. His impressive Requiem is a large-scale work worthy of comparison with Verdi's famous Requiem. This recording has the CD market entirely to itself.
American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Bottesini is quite the craftsman, writing with facility for all of the forces at hand. I was particularly impressed with his contrapuntal skills. Give this music a chance, and I'll bet good money you'll come away with a new appreciation for its creator. It's interesting to note that Thomas Martin, the conductor here, is also widely known as a master of the double bass. He leads a very nicely crafted performance here, with excellent soloists, a very fine chorus, and a well-known orchestra in top form. We get impressive sound and an adequate booklet, complete with texts and translations.
The Times, 2nd February 2013
This 1877 Requiem is wonderfully derivative - the composer of an opera called Ali Baba behaves like the 40 thieves himself. What doesn't sound like Mozart sounds like Mendelssohn. But it's a surprisingly cheery, tuneful work; adventurous choral societies should seek it out.
Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
It's worth buying the disc just to enjoy [Prunell-Friend's] aria, with its exquisite clarinet obbligato. The other soloists give equally operatic and distinguished performances. The Joyful Company of Singers are also on splendid form and sing this music as though they've known it for years.
Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (02/15/2012-02/16/2012).
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Works DetailsBottesini, Giovanni : Requiem Mass
- Performers: Agustín Prunell-Friend; Gemma Coma-Alabert (Mezzo Soprano); Marta Mathéu; Enric Martínez-Castignani
- Conductor: Thomas Martin
- Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
- Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, UK (02/15/2012-02/16/2012)
- Running Time: 63 min. 15 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1877