Sacred Verdi: Quattro Pezzi Sacri; Libera me; Ave Maria / Maria Agresta; Antonio Pappano

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Sacred Pieces (4), for chorus & orchestra
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ave Maria
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Libera me - Dies irae (from the Requirm Mass)
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Antonio Pappano and his Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi with this program of sacred choral music. The repertoire consists of the Four Sacred Pieces, the 1880 Ave Maria, and the original version of Libera me from the Messa da Requiem, with soprano Maria Agresta as the soloist.

As Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden since 2002, and of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2005, Pappano, who grew up in Connecticut and New York, leads two outstanding orchestras and choruses - and a host of wonderful soloists - in both operatic and non-operatic repertoire. Their performances, in the concert hall and on disc, have won enthusiastic critical acclaim and resulted in numerous awards, including a knightship in 2012.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2013
Agresta is able to display the warmth and tenderness of her soprano in music that suits it extremely well...Once again, Pappano's blend of deep understanding and infallible instinct helps him arrive at a performance of unusual conviction.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013
Pappano's players provide a firmness of tone in a perfectly balanced sound stage...At full pelt [the chorus] is equally matched to the tutti of the orchestra...Pappano is such a compelling advocate for Verdi's music that there could be no finer 200th-birthday salute than this stunning disc. Do try to find room for it on your shelves.

MusicWeb International, 18th November 2013
The performances are very good and the enterprising programme should be self-recommending to Verdi enthusiasts, especially since, to the best of my knowledge, the Ave Maria and the Libera me are not otherwise available at present. When you factor in also an excellent account of the Four Sacred Pieces then this disc is a notable contribution to the Verdi bi-centenary celebrations.

The Guardian, 10th October 2013
Pappano's commitment and insight are never in doubt, but ultimately, it's the choral singing, wonderfully secure and deeply fervent, that commands attention. Maria Agresta is the heartfelt if occasionally tremulous soloist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (2012-11-10&2012-11-12_2012-).



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Sacred Pieces (4), for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (2012-11-10&2012-11-12_2012-)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1889-1897
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Maria Agresta
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Libera me - Dies irae (from the Requirm Mass)
  • Performer: Maria Agresta
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Running Time: 12 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1868-1869