Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Giovanni Bottesini (1821 - 1889) - Messa da Requiem



... Like other Italian musicians of the time, Bottesini also wrote a number of sacred works, the most significant of which is his Requiem, the form of the Catholic Mass which had recently inspired masterworks from Mozart, Berlioz, Cherubini, Cimarosa and Verdi. While over the centuries there had been many settings of the Requiem, or Mass for the Dead, in the Romantic era the genre moved away from its liturgical roots somewhat to reflect instead the symphonic and operatic trends of the day, resulting in versions written on a grand scale for large forces.

Bottesini's Requiem was composed in early 1877 in response to the death of his brother Luigi. It was first performed in the Capuchin chapel in Cairo, Bottesini then being musical director of the city's Italian opera company. A large audience thronged to hear it and gave the performance a warm reception. It also earned an enthusiastic review from the correspondent of the Gazzetta Musicale di Milano.

The first complete performance took place at Turin's Teatro Regio on 2 th March 1880, but was not well attended - not only was it Holy Week, but the theatre was not known for staging sacred works. One year later, however, the requiem won a silver medal at the National Music Expo in Milan.

All in all, the Requiem is a work rich in harmonic interest and is beautifully constructed both in terms of counterpoint and the overall quality of its choral and orchestral writing ...

The CD was released by NAXOS, 2013, (DDD), 8.572994

Soprano: Marta Mathéu
Mezzo-Soprano; Gemma Coma-Alabert
Tenor: Agustín Prunell-Friend
Baritone: Enric Martínez-Castignani

Joyful Company of Singers, LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, Conductor: Thomas Martin

Track List:

01. Introit and Kyrie - Requiem aeternam (9'20'')
02. Sequence - Dies Irae (6'25'')
03 Quid sum miser (5'12'')
04 Quaerens me (4'07'')
05 Ingemisco (4'52'')
06 Confutatis (4'23'')
07 Lacrymosa (5'08'')
08 Domine Iesu (4'41'')
09 Sanctus (1'38'')
10 Benedictus (2'56'')
11 Agnus Dei (3'40'')
12 Requiem aeternam (5'01'')
13 Libera me (4'47'')
14 Dies illa (4'14'')

Recorded at Henry Wood Hall, London, UK, from 15th to 16th February, 2012.


Friday, 30 July 2010

Giuseppe Verdi - Messa Solenne (World Premiere Recording) - Download Lame mp3 320 kbit/sec

Here you can download Giuseppe Verdi's Messa Solenne for evaluation purposes only. The best quality however provides the Compact Disc, so buy it if you like the music. The mp3 files (Lame 320 kbit/sec) were created from my Cd. For further information read blogpost: Giuseppe Verdi - Messa Solenne.

You have to install the tool WINRAR first to extract the files!

The password for the rar file is: gemsofchoralmusic

Download Link: Giuseppe Verdi - Messa Solenne (157 mb)

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Herbert Howells - Stabat Mater - Download Lame mp3 320 kbit/sec

Here you can download Herbert Howells' Stabat Mater for evaluation purposes only. The best quality however provides the Compact Disc, so buy it if you like the music. The mp3 files (Lame 320 kbit/sec) were created from my Cd. For further information read blogpost: Herbert Howells - Stabat Mater.

You have to install the tool WINRAR first to extract the files!

The password for the rar file is: gemsofchoralmusic

Download Link: Herbert Howells - Stabat Mater (117 mb)

Robert Schumann - Requiem, opus p.m. - Download Lame mp3 320 kbit/sec

Here you can download Robert Schumann's Requiem, opus p.m. 148, for evaluation purposes only. The best quality however provides the Compact Disc, so buy it if you like the music. The mp3 files (Lame 320 kbit/sec) were created from my Cd. For further information read blogpost: Robert Schumann - Requiem, opus post mortem 148/Requiem für Mignon, opus 98b.

You have to install the tool WINRAR first to extract the files!

The password for the rar file is: gemsofchoralmusic

Download Link: Robert Schumann - Requiem post mortem (115 mb)

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Samuel Barber - Prayers of Kierkegaard - Download Lame mp3 320 kbit/sec

Here you can download Samuel Barber's Prayers of Kierkegaard for evaluation purposes only. The best quality however provides the Compact Disc, so buy it if you like the music. The mp3 files (Lame 320 kbit/sec) were created from my Cd. For further information read blogpost: Samuel Barber - Prayers of Kierkegaard.

You have to install the tool WINRAR first to extract the files!

The password for the rar file is: gemsofchoralmusic

Download Link: Samuel Barber - Prayers of Kierkegaard (119 mb)

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Anton Bruckner: Missa Solemnis - Download Lame mp3 320 kbit/sec

Here you can download Anton Bruckner's Missa Solemnis for evaluation purposes only, a Mass almost unknown to listeners of classical music. The best quality however provides the Compact Disc, so buy it if you like the music. The mp3 files (Lame 320 kbit/sec) were created from my Cd. For further information read blogpost: Anton Bruckner - Missa Solemnis.

You have to install the tool WINRAR first to extract the files!

The password for the rar file is: gemsofchoralmusic

Download Link: Anton Bruckner - Missa Solemnis (112 mb)

Hector Berlioz: Messe Solennelle (North American Premiere Performance) - Download Lame mp3 320 kbit/sec

Here you can download Berlioz' Messe Solennelle for evaluation purposes only. The best quality however provides the Compact Disc, so buy it if you like the music. The mp3 files (Lame 320 kbit/sec) were created from my Cd. For further information read blogpost: Hector Berlioz - Messe Solennelle (North American Premiere Performance).

You have to install the tool WINRAR first to extract the files!

The password for the rar file is: gemsofchoralmusic

Download Link: Hector Berlioz - Messe Solennelle
(127 mb)