Tuesday 28 May 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Ivor Setterfield conductor
Anna Patalong soprano
Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo soprano
David Butt Philip tenor
Ashley Riches baritone
Hear one of the great masterpieces of Western music and a core piece of the choral repertoire, whose power to move and shake remains undiminished.
Verdi’s Requiem – despite being initially described as an ‘opera in church clothing’ and dividing the critics, quickly established its place on the concert programme.
From the hushed opening to the terrifying cries of the ‘Dies irae’ to the final plea for deliverance, Verdi put a lifetime of artistic experience to the service of what he wanted to say. He had seen the formative events of the formation of modern Italy at first hand and his music had come to symbolise and inspire Italian nationalism.