VERDI's REQUIEM - Festival Castell de Peralada

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Gaudeix de tots els espais del Castell de Peralada

VERDI's REQUIEM

The Castle Gardens Auditorium
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THE BRIGHTEST REQUIEM

The death of Risorgimento writer and poet Alessandro Manzoni hit Giuseppe Verdi very hard. The composer, who had been hugely affected by the death of the great Rossini five years previously, decided to compose and dedicate this Messa da Requiem, now considered the most spectacular work in his catalogue, to the memory of the creator of I promesi sposi. The world première of this sacred work was at the church of San Marco, Milan, the same day as the commemoration of first anniversary of the death of Manzoni. Out of his pain, Verdi created a masterpiece based on the embryonic theme Dies irae. The result was a majestic spiritual composition divided into seven parts, a masterpiece in the liturgical tradition that shares the vocal parts between the four traditional performers, leaving an important space throughout the piece for the choir and with a musical section bursting with drama and captivating theatrical expressiveness. Soprano Leah Crocetto, mezzosoprano Ekaterina Gubanova, tenor Charles Castronovo, bass Alexander Vinogradov and the Cor Intermezzo, will bring the voices to life in a work that is as intense as it is solemn. The Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC) conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti will perform the score of intense melody and rhythmic power. The curtain rises on a new edition and from the very first note, the memory of Carmen Mateu will accompany audiences throughout the work.

MESSA DA REQUIEM

Guiseppe VERDI (1813-1901)

Premièred on 22 May 1874 at the church of San Marco in Milan

Leah CROCETTO, soprano

Ekaterina GUBANOVA, mezzosoprano

Charles CASTRONOVO, tenor

Alexander VINOGRADOV, Bass

CORO INTERMEZZO

José Luis BASSO, choir conductor

ORQUESTRA SIMFÒNICA DE BARCELONA I NACIONAL DE CATALUNYA (OBC)

Giampaolo BISANTI, conductor

VERDI's REQUIEM
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