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Proms 2013 Prom 12: Viva Verdi!

Prom 12: Viva Verdi!
Prom 12: Viva Verdi!
19:30 Sat 20 Jul 2013 Royal Albert Hall
Sir Antonio Pappano, the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, and soprano Maria Agresta celebrate Verdi’s bicentenary with the Four Sacred Pieces, the original version of the Requiem’s ‘Libera me’, a touching Ave Maria setting and the orchestral version of the great opera composer’s String Quartet.
Sir Antonio Pappano, the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, and soprano Maria Agresta celebrate Verdi’s bicentenary with the Four Sacred Pieces, the original version of the Requiem’s ‘Libera me’, a touching Ave Maria setting and the orchestral version of the great opera composer’s String Quartet.

Programme

      • String Quartet (version for string orchestra) (arr. C.Hermann)(23 mins)
      • Ave Maria (1880)(5 mins)
      • Requiem – Libera me (original version)(12 mins)
        • interval
        • Four Sacred Pieces(40 mins)

    Composers

    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.