Verdi: Requiem, Operatic Choruses

Verdi: Requiem, Operatic Choruses

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by Robert Shaw
     
 
Verdi's Requiem Mass is less an exercise in spiritual reflection than a vivid interpretation of the Latin text's rich theatrical possibilities, which might explain why it's often referred to as Verdi's greatest opera. Composed in 1873 in honor of the recently deceased Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni, Verdi's Requiem is certainly as enormous and dramatic

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Verdi's Requiem Mass is less an exercise in spiritual reflection than a vivid interpretation of the Latin text's rich theatrical possibilities, which might explain why it's often referred to as Verdi's greatest opera. Composed in 1873 in honor of the recently deceased Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni, Verdi's Requiem is certainly as enormous and dramatic as any of his major operas, and yet its spiritual qualities are equally intense. If modern performances have often played up its dramatic side at the expense of the spiritual, the late Robert Shaw's 1987 recording with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus finds an interpretive middle ground. Confirming that he ranks among the greatest choral conductors, Shaw brings all of the musical elements into sharp focus: Balance, tempos, dynamic contrasts, weight and orchestral color are finely tuned, and Verdi's massive climaxes are carefully sculpted. Rarely has the "Dies Irae" erupted with such hair-raising force and excitement. The quartet of singers -- all fresh-voiced young Americans -- are first-rate.

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This performance beats every other studio recording of the work hands down.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408015229
catalogNumber:
80152
Rank:
15160

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Tracks

  1. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem)  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  - Diane Curry  - Susan Dunn  - Jerry Hadley  - Ray Kirschensteiner  - Paul Plishka  - Robert Shaw  -  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
  2. Don Carlo, opera: Chorus. Spuntato ecco  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  - Ray Kirschensteiner  - Robert Shaw  -  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
  3. Macbeth, opera: Chorus. Patria oppressa! (Chorus of Scottish Refug  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  - Ray Kirschensteiner  - Robert Shaw  -  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
  4. Otello, opera: Chorus. Fuoco di gioia  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  - Ray Kirschensteiner  - Robert Shaw  -  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
  5. Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Chorus. Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  - Ray Kirschensteiner  - Robert Shaw  -  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
  6. Aida, opera: Chorus. Gloria all'Egitto  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  - Ray Kirschensteiner  - Robert Shaw  -  Atlanta Symphony Chorus

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Robert Shaw   Conductor,Primary Artist

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Verdi: Requiem, Operatic Choruses 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
dongchen More than 1 year ago
I became a fan of Maestro Robert Shaw since I came Atlanta and listened several ASO concerts. This orchestra recorded so much choral works especially less well-known requiems. Though Verdi requiem is a common choice in recordings, this version is particularly moving and not so strong. The feeling is like peaceful but lighting moments in a church. The solo singers seem more clearly heard than the chorus, which is perhaps due to recording settings. But I still hope the famous chorus pieces at the end of CD2 should be removed. You will feel weird hearing some fragments after enjoying an integrity of thoughtful requiem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago