Bottesini: Messa da Requiem

Naxos: 8572994

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Bottesini: Messa da Requiem

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8572994
(8.572994)

Discs:

1

Release date:

28th Jan 2013

Barcode:

0747313299478

Length:

64 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Bottesini: Messa da Requiem

Edited by Thomas Martin, Josep Prats and Peter Broadbent


Marta Mathéu (soprano), Gemma Coma-Alabert (mezzo-soprano), Agustín Prunell-Friend (tenor) & Enric Martínez-Castignani (baritone)

Joyful Company of Singers & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Martin

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Renowned worldwide in his lifetime and remembered today as a double bass virtuoso, Giovanni Bottesini excelled in every branch of musicianship, but his operas and sacred works were overshadowed by those of Verdi and have fallen into neglect. Composed in response to the death of his brother Luigi, Bottesini’s large scale Requiem combines ecclesiastical counterpoint with formal innovation and the expressive lyricism and dramatic orchestration of operatic models.

With double bass virtuoso Thomas Martin stepping into conductor’s shoes in Bottesini’s unjustly neglected Requiem, this is one of our major releases of the season, which will be sure to generate wide interest. With an extremely strong set of soloists, The Joyful Company of Singers’ “conviction and a real depth of feeling” (Gramophone on 8557783, Williamson Choral Music), and the renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra, this is a large-scale work to stand alongside Verdi’s famous Requiem, but by contrast having the CD market entirely to itself.

Giovanni Bottesini: Messa da Requiem

Introit: Requiem aeternam - Kyrie (Solo Quartet, Chorus)

Sequence: Dies irae (Chorus)

Sequence: Quid sum miser (Tenor)

Sequence: Quaerens me (Chorus)

Sequence: Ingemisco (Bass)

Sequence: Confutatis (Solo Quartet, Chorus)

Sequence: Lacrymosa (Solo Quartet, Chorus)

Offertory: Domine Jesu (Soprano)

Sanctus (Chorus)

Benedictus (Solo Quartet)

Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei (Soprano, Alto)

Agnus Dei: Requiem aeternam (Chorus)

Agnus Dei: Libera me (Alto, Chorus)

Agnus Dei: Dies illa (Solo Quartet, Chorus)

Gramophone Magazine

June 2013

“It's worth buying the disc just to enjoy [Prunell-Friend's] aria, with its exquisite clarinet obbligato. The other soloists give equally operatic and distinguished performances. The Joyful Company of Singers are also on splendid form and sing this music as though they've known it for years.”

The Times

2nd February 2013

***

“This 1877 Requiem is wonderfully derivative — the composer of an opera called Ali Babà behaves like the 40 thieves himself. What doesn’t sound like Mozart sounds like Mendelssohn. But it’s a surprisingly cheery, tuneful work; adventurous choral societies should seek it out.”

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