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Verdi: Messa Solenne, Libera Me - Sacred Works / Riccardo Chailly


Release Date: 12/13/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 467280   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Michele PertusiKenneth TarverCristina Gallardo-DomâsJuan Diego Flórez,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra MilanVerdi Chorus Milan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Verdi celebrations have elicited a host of welcome issues from the majors, including the eye-opening Jérusalem on Philips (462 6132-2). Riccardo Chailly here makes a notable contribution by turning his attention to another side of this most operatically based of composers: the lesser-known liturgical music. Decca in fact include no fewer than five World Première recordings on this release (the first five items listed above, all in critical editions by Professor Dino Rizzi).

Of all the pieces on this disc the most familiar is the Libera me, later used (with an expanded solo part) in the awe-inspiring Requiem of 1874. Chailly presents the 1869 version (intended for the multi-composer Messa per Rossini). Aided
Read more by the dramatic declamation of the soprano Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, the Libera me emerges as a dramatic scena of grand design. Its effect is highlighted by the excellence of Decca's recording (Andrew Cornall, Producer and Philip Siney, engineer), which unflinchingly presents the wide dynamic range in a believable acoustic space.

All of the last three items on the disc (the Libera me, the Pater noster and the Ave Maria) are of a consistently high musical standard, the choir excelling in the unaccompanied Pater noster. If you start by playing the Libera me and then turn back to the Missa solenne, you may be in for a shock. The latter has a light, crisp chamber music feel to it: Chailly inspires his strings to appropriately gossamer-light articulation in Cum sancto spiritus. One might argue that the Gloria in excelsis is civil rather than grandly celebrational, but as long as one does not expect the grand gestures of late Verdi, this torso will delight (the manuscripts of Qui sedes and Quoniam tu solus sanctus are unfortunately lost). Particularly noteworthy is Elisabetta Scano's clear solos and the deft woodwind contributions.

The smaller items (each lasting in the region of five minutes) provide their own delights. The Qui tollis, in particular, with its playful solo flute, will provide much pleasure. The more harmonically experimental Ave Maria (first performed in 1880) receives a touching performance: the orchestra is extremely tender, as is the soloist, Cristina Gallardo-Domâs.

A fascinating disc, then, and one in which the dedication of all concerned is beyond doubt. Well worth exploring.

-- Colin Clarke, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tantum ergo in F major by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Michele Pertusi (Bass)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Tantum ergo in G major by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Kenneth Tarver (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Pater noster by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Messa solenne by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor), Elisabetta Scano (Soprano), Eldar Aliev (Bass),
Kenneth Tarver (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 22 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Qui tollis in F major by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor), Raffaella Ciapponi (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Laudate pueri in D major by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Kenneth Tarver (Tenor), Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor), Eldar Aliev (Bass)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Libera me by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Milano Auditorium, Milan, Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Messa Solenne 1835 (Messa di Gloria) in E flat major: 1. Kyrie
Messa Solenne 1835 (Messa di Gloria) in E flat major: 2. Christe
Messa Solenne 1835 (Messa di Gloria) in E flat major: 3. Kyrie
Messa Solenne 1835 (Messa di Gloria) in E flat major: 4. Gloria in excelsis
Messa Solenne 1835 (Messa di Gloria) in E flat major: 5. Qui Tollis
Messa Solenne 1835 (Messa di Gloria) in E flat major: 6. Cum Sancto
Qui Tollis in F major
Tantum Ergo in F major
Laudate Pueri in D major
Tantum Ergo in G major (1836)
Pater Noster in G major
Ave Maria in B minor
Messa da Rossini - 1869 Version: Libera Me, Domine

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