Requiem, Op. 38by Giovanni Sgambati Performer:
Joern Wilsing (Baritone),
Joachim Schall (Violin)
Stuttgart State Orchestra,
Heilbronn Philharmonic Choir
Period: Romantic Written: 1896/1901; Italy
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An Antidote for Verdi's RequiemFebruary 26, 2013By ben cutler (somerville, NJ)See All My Reviews"For those of you who find Verdi's tub thumping Dies Irae more distracting than frightening and much of the rest verging on boredom this more liturgical requiem is well worth investigating. To begin with Sgambati's "disaster is approaching" Dies Irae with its skirling sul ponticello strings does generate a sense of fear. Sgambati, as in his first symphony, uses motifs and themes which evolve throughout the mass and while his music reveals its secrets slowly they are worth seeking. There are many passages throughout and there are enough passages that are similarly animated that there is a nice sense of variety throughout including some other orchestrally amazing, for 1895, passages. There are two versions of this mass; the original version of 1895, and the present version to which about 20 minutes of new music was added to later sections of the mass. While the new music is often as beautiful as the rest it seems, on short aquaintance, to make the Mass, at 79 minutes, seem overlong. I suspect that as I get to know it better that this will cease to be true. The performance by German artists seems to be absolutely fine. It is no wonder that this was the Mass chosen for the funerals of two kings. The music is warm, noble, and often quite interesting. Ben Cutler"Report Abuse
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