Riccardo Chailly

Verdi: Inno Delle Nazioni Quatro Pezzi Sacri: CDni; Quattro Pezzi Sacri


Chailly and La Scala maintain the gold standard for Verdi in this new release coupling two great but rarely recorded choral works. The Hymn of the Nations (Inno delle nazioni) features Decca’s star tenor Freddie De Tommaso, the first tenor to record this work for Decca since Pavarotti. First performed in London in 1862 the Hymn incorporates ‘God Save the Queen’, ‘La Marseillaise’ and ‘Il Canto degli Italiani’: the national anthems of Great Britain, France and Italy. The Four Scared Pieces were published as a set in 1898, shortly before Verdi died. It portrays themes promising peace and the hope of paradise. This album follows the success of ‘Verdi Choruses’ which BBC Music Magazine awarded a 5* review: “Chorus and orchestra are both on their mettle here: the orchestral playing is clean and brilliant, the choral tone full and healthy.” “Chailly is meticulous and pays attention to the fine details, drawing performances from the chorus that are always sonorous and tasteful.” - Gramophone

1. Verdi: Inno delle nazioni: I. Allegro sostenuto
2. Verdi: Inno delle nazioni: II. Recitativo, meno mosso
3. Verdi: Inno delle nazioni: III. Andante mosso
4. Verdi: 4 Pezzi Sacri: I. Ave Maria
5. Verdi: 4 Pezzi Sacri: II. Stabat Mater
6. Verdi: 4 Pezzi Sacri: III. Laudi alla Vergine Maria
7. Verdi: 4 Pezzi Sacri: IV. Te Deum

Release date: 21 June, 2024