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Verdi: Pezzi Sacri / Chung, Remigio


Release Date: 01/09/2001 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 469075   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carmela Remigio
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome ChorusSanta Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following hard on the heels of Riccardo Chailly’s revelatory world premiere recording of early and late sacred music by Verdi (see review last month), Myung-Whun Chung and his Rome forces offer a further recorded performance of the great 1880 Ave Maria for soprano and orchestra. Here, it’s juxtaposed not with the Padre nostro, as Verdi originally intended, but with Desdemona’s ‘Ave Maria’ from Otello.

Chung focuses less than Chailly on the bass strings as they tug in dissonance with the haloed violins: his is a more consoling, less harrowing invocation, with the soprano of Carmela Remigio darker of vowels and less vulnerable of tone. A velvet stole is wrapped around the chill isolation of Desdemona, too, with voice and
Read more orchestra singing together in a warm euphony of texture and colour.

This disc, like Chailly’s, also offers the early, preparatory ‘Libera me’ which Verdi wrote for the collaborative Rossini Requiem in 1868. But the Pezzi sacri dominate: those late, austere masterpieces of history’s most devout agnostic. Here Chung’s own sense of awe and deep affection for the score is palpable: these are performances very much in the tradition of his great hero, Carlo Maria Giulini. Their broad pacing and hushed textures need only more intense, less generalised verbal focus to recreate that authentic Verdian ardour to which Chung so sensitively responds.

-- Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Libera me by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carmela Remigio (Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Conciliation Road Auditorium, Rome 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carmela Remigio (Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Conciliation Road Auditorium, Rome 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carmela Remigio (Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Conciliation Road Auditorium, Rome 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Quattro pezzi sacri: Stabat mater by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1897; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Conciliation Road Auditorium, Rome 
Length: 12 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Quattro pezzi sacri: Te Deum by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Conciliation Road Auditorium, Rome 
Length: 17 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Quattro pezzi sacri: Laudi alla Vergine Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Conciliation Road Auditorium, Rome 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Quattro pezzi sacri: Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1897; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Conciliation Road Auditorium, Rome 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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