|Giuseppe Verdi|| |
Rolando Villazón (Tenor), René Pape (Bass), Anja Harteros (Soprano), Sonia Ganassi (Mezzo-Soprano)
Coro dell’Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
The conductor Hans von Bülow called Verdi’s Requiem an “opera in church garb”; many even consider the enormous Mass for the dead to be Verdi’s “best opera”. Although clearly a church composition, the work is imbued with immense drama and deep emotions that only an Italian could transform into music. Only the best opera voices, an orchestra familiar with musical-dramatic works and a top-class choir can do justice to Verdi’s large-scale Requiem.
Now a new recording is being released that meets these requirements at the highest level. Rolando Villazón, Anja Harteros, Sonia Ganassi and René Pape: the soloists alone form a top-class vocal ensemble; under the baton of Antonio Pappano, probably the greatest opera maestro of our time, the orchestra and choir of the Roman Accademia di Santa Cecilia play and sing – a true institution when it comes to Italian music.
Giuseppe Verdi completed his Requiem in 1873 as a requiem mass in memory of the poet Alessandro Manzoni, who had died shortly before. The internationally acclaimed composer placed in his score a whole drama of great emotions from mourning to consolation, from despair to hope. “The relationship of the Italians to religion is almost explosive, spirited,” said conductor Pappano about the work, “and it is precisely this attitude that makes the Requiem so unique The new recording was preceded by acclaimed performances: “An unforgettable emotional journey,” admitted the critic of the Roman Corriere della Sera.