Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem

Elisabeth Meister (Soprano), Lise Christensen (Mezzo), James Edwards (Tenor), Paul Reeves (Bass)

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Everything combined to bring alive the texts with an immediacy which transcended their traditional Christian context and spoke to both the heart and the mind

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Review by Grahame Whitehead for Nottingham Evening Post

From the hushed opening Requiem aeternam to the final heartfelt Libera me, this was an interpretation that brought out the depths of Verdi’s masterpiece. All the components of a fine performance were there: superb solo work from Elisabeth Meister (soprano), Lise Christensen (mezzo), James Edwards (tenor) and Paul Reeves (bass); sensitive, responsive playing by the Bach Orchestra under Paul Hale and energetic, perfectly balanced singing by the Choir; and, not least, the acoustic and setting of St Mary’s Church.

Yet the whole was even greater than its parts, and the operatic gestures were never just show: everything combined to bring alive the texts with an immediacy which transcended their traditional Christian context and spoke to both the heart and the mind.

The terror of Dies irae was as real as the sinner’s intimate pleading for mercy.

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