The 20130 International Festival’s Usher Hall concerts come to an epic conclusion with Verdi’s powerful Requiem, its theatricality and gripping emotions making it as suited to the opera house or concert hall as to any church.
From music of hushed restraint and transcendent hope through to the thunderclap-like drums that depict the day of judgement in the terrifying Dies irae, it is a magnificent work full of operatic grandeur and dramatic contrasts.
Conductor Donald Runnicles is famed for his resplendent performances of large-scale late-Romantic music, and joining him and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are four fine international soloists as well as the massed voices of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.
This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a future date.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles Conductor
Erin Wall Soprano
Karen Cargill Mezzo soprano
Bryan Hymel Tenor
Eric Owens Bass
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master