Marta Matheu (soprano), Gemma Coma-Alabert (mezzo-soprano), Agustin Prunell-Friend (tenor), Enric Martinez-Castignani (baritone), Joyful Company of Singers, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Martin (conductor)
Renowned worldwide in his lifetime and remembered today as a double bass virtuoso, Giovanni Bottesini excelled in every branch of musicianship, but his operas and sacred works were overshadowed by those of Verdi and have fallen into neglect. Composed in response to the death of his brother Luigi, Bottesini's large-scale Requiem combines ecclesiastical counterpoint with formal innovation and the expressive lyricism and dramatic orchestration of operatic models. Thomas Martin is a genuine Bottesini expert, having led five Naxos volumes of Bottesini's concertos in performances described by Gramophone as having a 'delicate and tastefully applied bow hand, [supplied] most impressively and with an ease that makes his instrument sound like a violin with an over-active pituitary gland.'
Bottesini Messa da Requiem (Edited by Thomas Martin, Josep Prats and Peter Broadbent)
Running Time: 1 hr 6 min