Verdi’s masterpiece is in a league of its own.
On the deaths of his fellow composer Rossini and the writer Alessandro Mazzoni, Giuseppe Verdi set about creating a musical memorial that would become one of his most cherished works. Verdi’s musical commemoration came in the form of a highly charged setting of the Latin ‘Mass for the Dead’ that was so forthright and hard-hitting in its expression of grief, faith and judgment that many though it too dramatic for performance in church.
But time has proved that Verdi’s Requiem is an intensely spiritual and reassuring work too. It is also a piece of tremendous beauty that appears to look to the heavens from its delicate, hushed opening. Chief conductor Edward Gardner and artist in residence Lise Davidsen join soloists and the Edvard Grieg Kor for a performance of Verdi’s thrilling and moving masterpiece.
«Exquisite Lise Davidsen the highlight of Verdi’s Requiem. Davidsen shone, projecting her bright soprano gloriously above her colleagues, the chorus and the orchestra», Bachtrack.
The concerts are arranged with generous support from RIKA AS V/Yvonne and Bjarne Rieber