Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the world’s most highly acclaimed baroque music specialists. His aims for giving baroque music intensity, expression and urgency also extend to later periods. Today, he will perform Verdi’s Requiem with his ensemble Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. The Monteverdi Choir will sing this highly emotional and operatic mass. According to Gramophone, Gardiner brings out the different layers in Verdi’s work like no one else.
Verdi’s Requiem was inspired by the deaths of the composer Rossini and the writer Manzoni. Both were friends of Verdi’s and had been inspirations for him. Verdi transmuted his ‘earthly’ grief into a religious text. Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg will join Gardiner again for the Requiem. Soprano Corinne Winters is sure to amaze and move with the impassioned final Libera Me. Gianluca Buratto, famous for his depth and dramatic presence, will sing the bass solos, Edgaras Montvidas the tenor solos.