This release is also another homage to the great Dutch soprano Gre Brouwenstijn whose singing of the soprano part in the Verdi Requiem remains in our opinion unequalled to this day (as does Oralia Dominguez' performance of the mezzo part!). For music lovers, a recording of Verdi's glorious Requiem Mass is first and foremost a matter of the soloists and conductor and not of "authentic instruments". This is one of the most inspired performances ever, with the soloists ensemble of one's dreams and conducted in the great De Sabata-Toscanini-Giulini tradition!
As a "bonus", this recording offers Gre Brouwenstijn as the outstanding interpreter of three great Verdi operatic heroines, representing three other greatest Verdi roles in the theatre. All three the scenes are prayers in one form or another, and as such they form a suitable "addendum" to theVerdi Requiem and a "must" for the many fans of this unique singer.
Giuseppe Verdi is viewed as one of the most important, and most popular, opera composers of Italy. Few composers knew how to balance artistic ideals and commericial interersts like him. He was a composer of 'hits', like his "La donna è mobile" from his opera Rigoletto and his "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" from his opera Nabucco, and he was careful not to have his audience feel bored at any moment. Especially his early works are characterised by strongly propelling, rhytmic power. A common example is his Il Trovatore. Yet, Verdi was also a composer with ideals. If he would get intrigued by a character, it became his mission to portray to persona as best as he could in the music. This sometimes meant he was forced to alter or neglect traditional opera forms, like he did in Rigoletto. He was not afraid to touch on socially sensitive matters, which at times led to issues with the establishment. For instance, his opera La traviata turned out to be a controversial one, due to its courtesan heroine. Verdi never engaged in the intellectual discussions on music of his time. He pretended to be a simple man who felt most at home in the countryside. Nonetheless, with the masterful fugal ending of his last opera Falstaff he undoubtedly showed his intellectual level of composing.