Saturday 20 July 2013
7.30pm – c9.30pm
Royal Albert Hall

Choral music and opera, Proms on TV

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    String Quartet (version for string orchestra) (arr. C.Hermann) (23 mins)
    • Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome
    • Sir Antonio Pappano conductor
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Ave Maria (1880) (5 mins)
    • Sir Antonio Pappano conductor
    • Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome
    • Maria Agresta soprano
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Requiem – Libera me (original version) (12 mins)
    • Maria Agresta soprano
    • Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome
    • Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome
    • Sir Antonio Pappano conductor
  • INTERVAL
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Four Sacred Pieces (40 mins)
    • Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome
    • Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome
    • Sir Antonio Pappano conductor

About this event

Giuseppe Verdi’s antipathy towards the church is vividly demonstrated in his operas, yet the Four Sacred Pieces, the original version of the ‘Libera me’ from his dramatic Requiem and his setting of the ‘Ave Maria’ for soprano and string orchestra are works of great fervour and beauty.

The orchestral version of his 1873 String Quartet opens a programme in which conductor Sir Antonio Pappano, soprano Maria Agresta and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, bring an authentically Italian bite to the music of the man who, with Wagner, shaped the development of 19th-century opera.

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