Концертний зал ім. С. Людкевича
S.Lyudkevych Concert Hall
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For a conductor, composing Requiem or Mess is always a special mission since one has to touch the deepest spiritual and philosophical spheres by means of music. Alongside, the stimulus for composing such a piece is quite often lies in a composer’s profound personal experience.
Verdi was composing his Requiem with certain people in mind – his late contemporaries – whom he wanted to build the worthy music monument. Those people were: composer Gioachino Rossini and writer Alessandro Manzoni.
And, without any doubt, he succeeded in doing so – Requiem is considered to be one of his most sublime pieces. The bright feature of the music in this piece is a rich and dynamic dramaturgy, more characteristic of the opera music than of the church one: here you can find both moments of the deepest tragedy and the highest enlightenment, and 90 minutes of music is perceived in one breath.
Giuseppe Verdi. Messa da Requiem
Anna Shumarina, soprano (Ukraine)
Tetyana Vakhnovska, alto (Ukraine)
Oleg Zlakoman, tenor (Ukraine)
Sergiy Magera, bass (Ukraine)
The National Choir of Ukraine “Dumka”
“INSO-Lviv” Symphony Orchestra
Raymond Janssen, conductor (the Netherlands)