Verdi Requiem (2009)

Verdi

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Colin Davis

Verdi did not feel the death of Alessandro Manzoni any less keenly because Manzoni was a very old man. It was a grievous blow. He had long had a reverence, almost amounting to idolatry, for the eminent Italian novelist and poet. He had admired him from a distance and, when a meeting was fi nally arranged, he was moved to the depths. ’How shall I describe the extraordinary, indefi nable sensation I felt in the presence of your “saint”?’, he wrote to Countess Clarina Maffei. ’I would have gone down on my knees if one could worship men’. Earlier, he had tried to explain what it was he felt about him. Manzoni, he said, had written ’not only the greatest book of our time but one of the greatest books that the human mind has produced [I Promessi Sposi (’The Betrothed’)]. It’s not just a book, it’s a consolation to humanity. I was 16 when I fi rst read it. Since then … if anything my experience of men has made me admire it all the more – because it’s a true book … Oh, if artists could but understand that “true”, there would be no more composers of the future or composers of the past, no puristic, realistic or idealistic painters, no poets classic or romantic, but true poets, true painters, true composers’.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Sir Colin Davis

Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1995, and then President from 2006 until his death in 2013, Sir Colin Davis performed regularly with the LSO at the Barbican and on tour. As well as featuring on many LSO Live recordings, helping to provide the label with significant profile in its early days, he also recorded widely with Philips, BMG and Erato. His LSO Live releases have won numerous prizes, including Grammy and Gramophone Awards, and a BBC Music Magazine Award (2007), and have covered, among others, repertoire by Berlioz, Dvo?.k, Elgar, Haydn, MacMillan, Sibelius, Tippett, and Verdi. Sir Colin was formerly Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1967–71), became the Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1971, and was Principal Guest Conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1998 to 2003. Other orchestras he held prominent positions with include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchetra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the English Chamber Orchestra.

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Verdi Requiem (2009)

Verdi

London Symphony Orchestra

    Gramophone

The LSO chorus are superb, as are the LSO themselves. The strings and brass, especially, respond to Noseda's direction with refinement and panache.'

    The Sunday Times

'An impressively disciplined account of the mighty score, with expressive Italian soloists, a superb choir and the LSO on top form.'

    BBC Music Magazine -

'A first rate musical thriller'

Verdi Requiem (2009)

Verdi

London Symphony Orchestra

Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes - Classic Sound Ltd
Recording location: The Barbican, London
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Requiem - I. Requiem und kyrie
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Requiem - II. Dies irae
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Requiem - III. Tuba mirum
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Requiem - IV. Liber scriptus
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Requiem - V. Quid sum miser
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Requiem - VI. Rex tremendae
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Requiem - VII. Recordare
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Requiem - VIII. Ingemisco
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Requiem - IX. Confutatis
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Requiem - X. Lacrymosa
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Requiem - XI. Domine Jesu Christe
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Requiem - XII. Hostias
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Requiem - XIII. Sanctus
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Requiem - XIV. Agnus Dei
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Requiem - XV. Lux aeterna
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Requiem - XVI . Libera me, Dies irae, Requiem aeternam
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Requiem - XVII. Libera me
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