Prom 61: Verdi's Requiem Recorded in MP2 this time with no transcoding and a Mozart String Quartet thrown in for good measure and to afford some balance...................
Date Sunday 31 August 2008
In May 1875 London experienced the first British performance of Verdi's Requiem - in the Royal Albert Hall, with Verdi conducting. The reception was tumultuous and the press reviews spoke of the work in the same breath as of Mozart's hallowed Requiem.
Written in memory of the great Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni, Verdi's Mass for the dead - a work controversially composed by an atheist - has become as popular as his operas. The composer regarded it is as one of his greatest achievements: 'I feel as if I have become a serious citizen, and am no longer the public's clown.'
A stellar international line-up of soloists and massed choirs join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Ji?í B?lohlávek for a work vividly coloured by Verdi's dramatic instinct.