In his magnificent Requiem, first heard in Milan in1874, Verdi brought all his dramatic genius to a sacred text. The chorus and orchestra of the Paris Opéra, under their music director Philippe Jordan, marked the composer’s bicentenary in 2013 with two performances of the work. Joining them was an impressive quartet of soloists: soprano Kristin Lewis, mezzo-soprano Violeta Urmana, tenor Piotr Beczala and bass Ildar Abdrazakov.
At its best there's a heady, generous appeal to Urmana's heavy tone. More memorable is the commitment to text and expression from bass Ildar Abdrazakov, and tenor Piotr Beczala's technically impressive and highly sensitive vocalism: his impeccably stylishRead more Ingemisco and hushed Hostias are the plums of the set.
Requiem Massby Giuseppe Verdi Performer:
Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass),
Kristin Lewis (Soprano),
Violeta Urmana (Soprano),
Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Paris National Opera Chorus,
Paris National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1874; Italy
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Not competitiveMarch 14, 2019By L. Ackerman (Washington, DC)See All My Reviews"The feeling of exasperation crept into the listening. A shrill soprano plus routine playing made the ride feel longer and tedious. With so many outstanding Requiems, why release this?"Report Abuse