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Work: Quattro pezzi sacri (Four sacred pieces)

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ComposerVerdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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LisbonLorenzo Viotti

Lorenzo Viotti
Verdi, Bruckner
Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon; Lorenzo Viotti; Gulbenkian Choir

HelsinkiQuattro pezzi sacri

Martinů, Francesconi, Verdi
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Nils Schweckendiek; Håkan Hardenberger; Musiikkitalon Kuoro
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Prom 12: Verdi with Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

No surprise to find a Verdi programme at the Proms in his bicentenary year, but what was unusual was the focus on sacred music, given his antipathy towards the church as demonstrated in his more prolific output, his operas.
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Wagner, Verdi and sorrowful Stanford with the Huddersfield Choral Society

The bicentenary of Richard Wagner’s birth is inescapable, and it comes as no surprise that, however brief their offering, an institution as august as the Huddersfield Choral Society (HCS) could not allow the moment to pass without taking advantage of the opportunity to perform one of Wagner’s most impressive choral outbursts – “Wacht auf! Es nahet gen den Tag” (Awake! the dawn of day draws near) f
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Singen gegen die Willkür: Whitleys Speak out in Amsterdam

Xian Zhang © Benjamin Ealovega
Mit einem ungewöhnlich politischen Thema beeindruckt die niederländische Erstaufführung von Speak out.
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Aquelarre y éxtasis en la Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España

El director José Miguel Pérez-Sierra debutaba con la ONE
Debut del director madrileño Pérez-Sierra ante la ONE con un programa que nos llevó del aquelarre en el Monte Pelado al éxtasis de las Piezas sacras de Verdi y la Sinfonía núm. 4 de Scriabin.
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Geistliches von Verdi und Rossini

Beiden Kompositionen wohnen unüberhörbar opernhafte Züge inne, sie sind jedoch in erster Linie von einer tiefen, wenn auch unterschiedlich umgesetzten Religiosität durchdrungen.
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