BOTTESINI, GIOVANNI Messa da Requiem. Marta Matheu, Gemma Coma-Alabert, Agustin Prunell-Friend, Enric Martinez-Castignani, Joyful Company of Singers / Peter Broadbent, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Thomas Martin. Naxos

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Bottesini Giovanni Messa Da Requiem Philharmonic Orchestra Thomas Martin Naxos

GIOVANNI BOTTESINI (1821–1889)

Messa da Requiem

(Edited by Thomas Martin, Josep Prats and Peter Broadbent)

Marta Mathéu, soprano

Gemma Coma-Alabert, mezzo-soprano

Agustín Prunell-Friend, tenor

Enric Martínez-Castignani, baritone

Joyful Company of Singers / Peter Broadbent

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Thomas Martin

Renowned worldwide in his lifetime and remembered today as a double bass virtuoso, Giovanni Bottesini excelled in every branch of musicianship, but his operas and sacred works were overshadowed by those of Verdi and have fallen into neglect. Composed in response to the death of his brother Luigi, Bottesini’s large scale Requiem combines ecclesiastical counterpoint with formal innovation and the expressive lyricism and dramatic orchestration of operatic models.

With double bass virtuoso Thomas Martin stepping into conductor’s shoes in Bottesini’s unjustly neglected Requiem, this is one of our major releases of the season, which will be sure to generate wide interest. With an extremely strong set of soloists, The Joyful Company of Singers’ “conviction and a real depth of feeling” (Gramophone on 8557783, Williamson Choral Music), and the renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra, this is a large-scale work to stand alongside Verdi’s famous Requiem, but by contrast having the CD market entirely to itself.

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