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Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, December 2013

A major strength of the Parma performances has been the contribution of the theatre’s chorus. So it proves here as well. Along with the choral contribution, and that of the four soloists, I always listen carefully to hear how the conductor controls the dynamics of the opening Requiem Eternam…the thrilling Tuba Mirum…and the Dies irae and its reprise. Yuri Temirkanov, Musical Director of the Teatro Regio, passes my tests with an ethereally quiet opening. Add to this a viscerally exciting lead into the Mors stupebit

Of the soloists, the bass Riccardo Zanellato sings with nice mezza voce in the Rex tremendae…He couples this with a most welcome depth of tone and sonority in the Mors stupebit. This Zanellato follows with a smooth contribution to the Confutatis…After a well-phrased and eloquent opening to the Ingemisco…Francesco Meli varies his lyric tenor voice nicely and softens his tone for the words: “my favoured sheep a place for me”. The ladies both have big operatic voices and blend well in the duets.

The bonus documentary introduces us to the countryside of Verdi’s beautiful birthplace and the house in Le Roncole, the little village in the vicinity of Parma, where he was born. This fifty-two minute bonus is a big plus for this issue. It is an altogether delightful insight into Verdi the man and how his legacy, not to mention his legacies, live on. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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