Antonio Pappano and his Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi with this programme of sacred choral music. The repertoire consists of the Four Sacred Pieces and, with soprano Maria Agresta as the soloist, the 1880 Ave Maria and the original version of Libera me from the Messa da Requiem.

As Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden since 2002, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2005, Pappano has led two outstanding orchestras and choruses – and a host of wonderful soloists – in both operatic and non-operatic repertoire. Their performances, in the concert hall and on disc, have won enthusiastic critical acclaim and resulted in numerous awards.

Pappano said recently, “2013 being 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth, I think, with all the opera that I am conducting in the theatre, this disc is something especially important for me – to concentrate on his sacred music. This is music that is not really well known but shows in another light a composer that we think we know so well.”

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VERDI Sacred Verdi. Quattro Pezzi Sacri, Libera me, Ave Maria. Maria Agresta, Orchestra e Coro dell` Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Antonio Pappano. EMIVERDI Sacred Verdi. Quattro Pezzi Sacri, Libera me, Ave Maria. Maria Agresta, Orchestra e Coro dell` Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Antonio Pappano. EMIView or buy


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