November 08, 2013

Warner Classics presents two new recordings celebrating Verdi & Wagner

Warner Classics & l’Opéra national de Paris are marking the Wagner and Verdi bicentenaries with a spectacular programme of excerpts from the Ring and a full live recording of the Messa da Requiem.

Philippe Jordan conducts the Orchestra of the Paris Opera in instrumental music from all four music dramas in the cycle, including, of course, the thrilling Ride of the Valkyries and the magisterial Death of Siegfried; the programme reaches a climax with the final scene of the entire work, Brünnhilde’s Immolation from Götterdämmerung, sung by the world’s reigning dramatic soprano, Nina Stemme.

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In his magnificent Requiem, first heard in Milan in1874, Verdi brought all his dramatic genius to a sacred text. The chorus and orchestra of the Paris Opéra, under their music director Philippe Jordan, marked the composer’s bicentenary in 2013 with two performances of the work. Joining them was an impressive quartet of soloists: soprano Kristin Lewis, mezzo-soprano Violeta Urmana, tenor Piotr Beczala and bass Ildar Abdrazakov.

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