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Verdi - Messa da Requiem | BR Klassik 900199

Verdi - Messa da Requiem

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Label: BR Klassik

Cat No: 900199

Barcode: 4035719001990

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st October 2021

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Contents

Artists

Jessye Norman (soprano)
Agnes Baltsa (alto)
Jose Carreras (tenor)
Yevgeny Nesterenko (bass)
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Riccardo Muti

Works

Verdi, Giuseppe

Requiem (Messa da Requiem)

Artists

Jessye Norman (soprano)
Agnes Baltsa (alto)
Jose Carreras (tenor)
Yevgeny Nesterenko (bass)
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Riccardo Muti

About

The Munich performances of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in October 1981 with Jessye Norman, Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras and Yevgeny Nesterenko, the Bavarian Radio Chorus, and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Riccardo Muti were concert events that have hardly been equalled since, let alone surpassed – so powerful were the chorus and orchestra, so strictly did the maestro keep his eye on the interpretation, and so superb were the renowned soloists – singers of international renown who gave their all to achieve the best possible result. And they all succeeded brilliantly. Finally – four decades later – BR-KLASSIK can now present this absolute pinnacle in the performance history of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem on CD.

The audience was spellbound and totally captivated, and there was glowing praise from the critics: the powerful work, they said, had hardly ever been heard like this on this side of the Alps; Riccardo Muti had demonstrated how Verdi’s Requiem should sound; this performance of Verdi’s requiem mass was authentic, frightening, tender and terrifying, providing a timid yet hopeful glimpse of transcendence; all in all, a truly resounding success. Wolf-Dieter Peter, a reviewer for the Mittelbayerische Zeitung in Regensburg, was there at the time and reported how the extra trumpets positioned in the gallery of the Herkulessaal “blasted a glistening jet of metallic sound across the stalls, almost as if from the afterlife”. It was something, he said, that had “never been seen, heard or experienced like this before... simply unforgettable.”

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