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Verdi's Requiem

A mighty Requiem



19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series O
Opera & Voice

Grand Mécène



20:15 — Théâtre de Beaulieu

Series Lausanne
Opera & Voice

Grand Mécène



19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series R
Series R+
Opera & Voice


Myung-Whun Chungconductor

Zarina Abaevasoprano

Ekaterina Semenchukmezzo-soprano

René Barberatenor

Dmitry Belosselskiybass

Coro dell'Accademia di Santa CeciliaAndrea Secchi, Chorus Master

Giuseppe Verdi
Messa da Requiem

The music

Married by the abbot, and future cardinal, Charles Mermillod in the modest church of Collonges-sous-Salève in 1859 at the gates of Geneva, Giuseppe Verdi was nonetheless a nonbeliever to the great regret of his wife, the singer Giuseppina Strepponi. Religion is of course present in several of his operas, but it was Rossini's death that was to trigger the creative process of his Requiem, created as a double homage to the deceased composer and to the poet Alessandro Manzoni, the immortal author of I Promessi sposi (The Betrothed). Much has been said about the theatrical and spectacular aspect of the work evoking the drama of man in the face of death. Freed from any libretto to respect, Verdi lets loose in this splendid work where his musical imagination ignites. His perfect knowledge of the human voice is put to the service of an intense and sincere expression in all its purity. The ensembles and the writing for the choir are particularly meticulous. Both grandiose and intimate, Verdi's Requiem is above all steeped in humanity.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony N°9 with choir for the finale of « Ode to Joy»

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 11 June 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva