Hellfire and damnation as Noseda and the LSO blaze through Verdi’s Requiem

Verdi: Requiem ****

LSO/Noseda, Barbican, 18th September 2016

Verdi’s Requiem brings with it a huge sense of occasion. Turned to at times of national tragedy, it communicates an emotional power where the words of politicians frequently fail. It is also a ceremonial work. Last week it brought the BBC Proms proper to a close (ahead of the Last Night’s shenanigans), while yesterday it launched the London Symphony Orchestra’s new season with tremendous fanfare. Gianandrea Noseda conducted a gripping performance high on drama, living up to Hans von Bülow’s description of the Requiem as “an opera in ecclesiastical garb”.

Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman

Gianandrea Noseda
© Steve Sherman

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