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BOTTESINI, G.: Messa da Requiem (Matheu, Coma-Alabert, Prunell-Friend, Martinez-Castignani, Joyful Company of Singers, London Philharmonic, T. Martin)

BOTTESINI, G.: Messa da Requiem (Matheu, Coma-Alabert, Prunell-Friend, Martinez-Castignani, Joyful Company of Singers, London Philharmonic, T. Martin)

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release date: February 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

London Philharmonic Orchestra


Martin, Thomas


Agustin Prunell-Friend

Soloist

Thomas Martin

Soloist

Enric Martinez-Castignani

Soloist

Gemma Coma-Alabert

Soloist

Marta Matheu

Soloist

Joyful Company of Singers



Venue:

Henry Wood Hall, London, UK



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 66:24
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GIOVANNI BOTTESINI

 

Messa da Requiem

 
1 Introit: Requiem aeternam - Kyrie (Solo Quartet, Chorus) 9:20
 Enric Martinez-Castignani Soloist
     
 

FELIX MASS TEXT

2 Sequence: Dies irae (Chorus) 6:25
 Agustin Prunell-Friend Soloist
     
3 Sequence: Quid sum miser (Tenor) 5:12
 Thomas Martin Soloist
     
 

GIOVANNI BOTTESINI

4 Sequence: Quaerens me (Chorus) 4:07
 Gemma Coma-Alabert Soloist
     
5 Sequence: Ingemisco (Bass) 4:52
 Thomas Martin Soloist
     
 

FELIX MASS TEXT

6 Sequence: Confutatis (Solo Quartet, Chorus) 4:23
 Enric Martinez-Castignani Soloist
     
7 Sequence: Lacrymosa (Solo Quartet, Chorus) 5:08
 Marta Matheu Soloist
     
8 Offertory: Domine Jesu (Soprano) 4:41
 Thomas Martin Soloist
     
9 Sanctus (Chorus) 1:38
 Enric Martinez-Castignani Soloist
     
10 Benedictus (Solo Quartet) 2:56
 Gemma Coma-Alabert Soloist
     
11 Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei (Soprano, Alto) 3:40
 Thomas Martin Soloist
     
12 Agnus Dei: Requiem aeternam (Chorus) 5:01
 Thomas Martin Soloist
     
 

GIOVANNI BOTTESINI

13 Agnus Dei: Libera me (Alto, Chorus) 4:47
 Marta Matheu Soloist
     
 

FELIX MASS TEXT

14 Agnus Dei: Dies illa (Solo Quartet, Chorus) 4:14
 Thomas Martin Soloist
 Martin, Thomas


Renowned worldwide in his lifetime and remembered today as a double bass virtuoso, Giovanni Bottesini excelled in every branch of musicianship, but his operas and sacred works were overshadowed by those of Verdi and have fallen into neglect. Composed in response to the death of his brother Luigi, Bottesini’s large scale Requiem combines ecclesiastical counterpoint with formal innovation and the expressive lyricism and dramatic orchestration of operatic models.

"... this rare recording of Bottesini’s rarely heard Requiem is unreservedly recommended."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - September/October 2013


                     ***    Good

Alessandro Turba - Musica magazine - July/August 2013


"... He [Thomas Martin] leads  a very nicely crafted performance here, with excellent soloists, a very fine chorus, and a well known orchestra in top form.  We get impressive sound ... You won’t find any other recordings of this music, so no fan of big-band choral extravaganzas should not be without this one."

Lindsay Koob - American Record Guide - July/August 2013


 "...the work’s great gem, the ’Quid sum miser’, beautifully sung by tenor Agustín Prunell-Friend. It’s worth buying the disc just to enjoy this aria, with its exquisite clarinet obbligato. The other soloists give equally operatic and distinguished performances. The Joyful Company of Singers are also on splendid form and sing this music as if they have known it for years... An enjoyable piece, worth exploring."

 
Malcolm Riley - Gramophone magazine - June 2013

"This work, in fourteen sections, deserves better as this lovingly performed reading goes to show. The music is lively and often inspired. It is tuneful, with some bel canto moments as in the Quid sum miser and the plangently cooling Lacrymosa. That aspect is offset by the influence of Mendelssohn and Schumann. The Dies Irae and the final Dies illa are gems of breathlessly feathery enthusiasm; not to be missed. There are even some grandly Beethovenian moments as in Quaerens me. The brash Sanctus has an Aida-like marching regality. The polished and serenely Mozartean Agnus Dei paves the way for the fugal terracing of the Requiem Aeternam and a wonderfully ethereal Libera me. Michael Ponder and Eleanor Walton bring sure-footed judgement to the recorded sound which has plenty of impact and flatters this very worthwhile work. If you enjoy the grand requiems of the nineteenth century you must not overlook this." 
 
Rob Barnett - MusicWeb-International.com - February 2013
 

               **** - Excellent album

Jean-Noël Coucoureux - Classica magazine - April 2013




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