Verdi’s Requiem at the BBC Proms 2011
The BBC Proms are here again! Rejoice music lovers!
Last Sunday, 24th July I went to this year’s Prom 13 for a performance of Verdi’s Requiem. I am not religious and therefore the Requiem is in that sense meaningless to me but this is a musical and dramatic masterpiece and its power is undeniable.
The Promers at Sunday’s concert were rewarded with a magnificent performance and a cast of the superlative! Everything was grandiose from the soloists: Joseph Calleja, Marina Poplavskaya, Mariana Pentcheva, Ferrucio Furlanetto; to the choirs (no less than three!): BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC National Chorus of Wales, London Philharmonic Choir, and the fabulous BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by the distinguished Semyon Bychkov. I was there to review it and I must say that music reviews are not always easy to write but this one was a pleasure and my fingers just danced over the keyboard, as if by magic! Read my review here.