Verdi: Requiem

Friday 28 Feb 2014, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, London

Concert

Brian Wright conductor

Brindley Sherratt bass
Goldsmiths Choral Union choir

Hear Verdi's awe-inspiring choral masterpiece performed by star soloists with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Goldsmiths Choral Union. Verdi’s dramatic flair and seemingly inexhaustible flow of memorable tunes continue to thrill spectacle-hungry opera audiences to this day. Composed in memory of the celebrated writer Alessandro Manzoni, Verdi later confessed "While I’m not an atheist, I’m certainly not much of a believer". So saying, he called upon every device in his operatic armoury to create a thrilling epic which runs the whole gamut of human emotions from the lacerating fortissimo eruptions of the Dies irae, through the dancing energy of the Sanctus to the poignant ending’s painful acceptance.