Herbert von Karajan conducts Verdi's Requiem — With José Carreras, José van Dam...

Wiener Philharmoniker

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Anna Tomowa-Sintow — Soprano
Agnes Baltsa — Mezzo-soprano
José Carreras — Tenor
José van Dam — Bass-baritone
Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Sofia National Opera Chorus
Walter Hagen-Groll — Chorus director
Herbert von Karajan — Conductor

Program notes

Herbert von Karajan recorded Verdi’s Requiem multiple times over the course of his career, such that it became one of the signature works of his repertoire. In this film, he brings together an exceptional group of some of the late 20th century’s greatest singers: Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnès Baltsa, José Carreras, and José van Dam. Composed between Aida and Otello, the Messa da Requiem is dedicated to his friend, the poet Alessandro Manzoni, who had participated in the Italian unification movement, the Risorgimento. The technically and artistically challenging work was described by Verdi’s contemporary, the conductor Hans von Bülow, as an “opera in ecclesiastical garb”, an interesting expression of the fascinating tension between the theatrical and the religious in this monumental chef-d’oeuvre.

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Directed by:
Ernst Wild,
Venue: Wiener Musikverein (Vienna, Austria)
Production date: 1993
Recording date: 1984
Duration: 1 h 31 min
Production: © Telemondial
Resolution: Full HD