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Charlotte Symphony: Verdi Requiem CL Recommends

When: Fri., May 2 and Sat., May 3 2014

Giuseppe Verdi’s mass isn’t as canonical as those by Mozart or Berlioz, and it doesn’t rank in popularity with the composer’s own operas. But the piece, finished and first performed in 1874, clearly shows that Verdi’s skill with voices transferred easily to a more liturgical setting. The piece for four soloists, double choir and orchestra was initially criticized as “an opera in ecclesiastical robes,” as critics pointed to the dramatic (read: operatic) nature of the music and its contrast with the text. But in these more secular and forgiving times, the Requiem’s brilliance has been celebrated regularly. The most famous example by far was the 1990 performance, “The world sings Verdi in Verona,” when 3,000 voices from 11 nations together with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and with Luciano Pavarotti as the leading soloist performed the Requiem at the old Roman amphitheater in Verona. This version features the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, with Christopher Warren-Green conducting. (John Schacht)


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