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Verdi Requiem

The Proms season draws to a close with Verdi's Requiem. Its fire and brimstone depiction of death and destruction never fails to appeal, most famously in the tumultuous Dies Irae.

The 2016 Proms season draws to a close with a bang not a whimper, with Verdi's thunderous Requiem. Marin Alsop is at the helm of the penultimate prom, conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the BBC Proms Youth Choir.

Tom Service introduces for television and talks to Marin Alsop backstage. The soloists lining up for Verdi's largest scale non-operatic work are soprano Tamara Wilson, mezzo-soprano Alisa Kolosova, Dimitri Pittas and bass Morris Robinson.

The Requiem had its British premiere in 1875 at the Royal Albert Hall with the composer himself conducting and it is still packing the audiences in. Its fire and brimstone depiction of death and destruction never fails to appeal, most famously of all in the tumultuous Dies Irae.

1 hour, 40 minutes

Music Played

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Requiem

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Marin Alsop. Choir: BBC Proms Youth Choir.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Service
Conductor Marin Alsop
Orchestra Age of Enlightenment
Choir BBC Proms Youth Choir
Singer Tamara Wilson
Singer Alisa Kolosova
Singer Dmitri Pittas
Singer Morris Robinson
Producer Serena Cross
Director Oliver Macfarlane

Broadcast

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