Thursday, October 10, 2013

Verdi from Chicago

The stream of the Verdi Requiem from Chicago was the perfect celebration for the great Verdi's birthday.  I feel like I'm supposed to explain it now when you know that the perfect musical performance cannot be explained.

Kudos to the maestro Riccardo Muti.  The maestro knows his Verdi.  Kudos to the spectacular performance on the bass drum by Cynthia Yeh.  And very special kudos to Tatiana Serjan for the most wailing in Verdi I've seen in many years.  See here, here, and here for previous references to wailing in Verdi.

What set this performance apart from all other Verdi Requiems I have heard was the fluidity of the tempo, the almost constant rubato that permeated all the performances.  It was like hearing the piece for the first time.  There was a sweetness that made the dynamic explosions heard only in this piece all the more surprising.  There was so much to hear.

Everyone was wonderful--too many names to mention.  I only wish I could have been there.  I hope you all had a wonderful Verdi 200.

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