Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901):
*Quatro pezzi sacri*:
Ave Maria – Laudi alla Vergine Maria – Stabat Mater – Te Deum
*Collegium Vocale Gent*
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
The anticlerical Giuseppe Verdi wrote very little religious music, but he was pragmatic enough to balance his artistic and commercial needs. As a thoroughbred opera composer, he could also trusted to inject plenty of drama into religious repertoire, and no less so in his lovely _Quattro Pezzi Sacri_, written between 1889 and 1897.