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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem

DSD recording, live at the Barbican January 2009


Sir Colin Davis's series of choral masterworks continues with Verdi's Requiem, a work that Sir Colin has been conducting for much of his long career. It is also his second recording of Verdi's late works for LSO Live, having previously conducted the Grammy Award-winning recording of Falstaff in 2004. He is joined by four superb soloists, three of whom have appeared on Sir Colin's previous LSO Live recordings. Christine Brewer was the superb Leonore on Sir Colin's acclaimed recording of Fidelio; Karen Cargill and John Relyea appeared on Berlioz' L'enfance du Christ and Benvenuto Cellini respectively.Appearing on his first LSO Live recording is the outstanding Verdi tenor Stuart Neill. The Requiem was recorded in January 2009 at concerts dedicated to Richard Hickox who had been President of the London Symphony Chorus and studied with Sir Colin before his own successful career. The 'Agnus Dei' was particularly moving [not to mention in tune, ed] with the female soloists having an obvious rapport. LSO Live has recently released recordings of Haydn's Creation and the St John Passion by James MacMillan conducted by Sir Colin. His award-winning recordings of Sibelius's symphonies will be released in the Autumn as a 5CD box set. Other future releases include Valery Gergiev's recordings of Bluebeard's Castle and Mahler Symphony No 5.

CONCERT REVIEWS:

"listen to the fire he generates, the wisdom, the precision and his grasp of the music's narrative … Davis located Verdi's heart right from the first bars. Whether sighing or seething, Joseph Cullen's massed troops were on exemplary form; I've not yet recovered from their full-throated onslaughts in the Dies Irae, delivered with cutting consonants and the heat of hellfire. What of the soloists? Here too we were blessed. Throughout, Davis shaped Verdi's tumult and song with the master's touch" The Times

"The greatest interpretations are often those where you are most conscious of the music and least aware of the conductor's will imposed on it. Such was the case with this remarkable performance … allowing us to experience to the full the nightmarish quality of Verdi's evocation of the Dies Irae, his deep compassion for the suffering, the flippant glory of the Sanctus, and the dreadful uncertainty with which the work closes" The Guardian

"When you are an octogenarian the prospect of another Requiem Mass might be regarded with some degree of circumspection. Unless, of course, you are Sir Colin Davis … Davis is still such a vigorous force for good in music: his clarity of purpose, his keen sense of weighting and rhythm (no one anchors music like he does), and his fervent love of great public utterances, make him the perfect candidate for big choral masterpieces … Quite marvellous" The Independent

“…Sir Colin conducts the Requiem with a judicious mix of fire and meditative calm; tempi never drag nor are they, in the reflective passages, metronome-quick. The work of the LSO Chorus is first-rate, as is that of the LSO itself.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2009

“Davis, first and foremost, sees the Requiem as being driven by unresolvable inner tensions and ­paradoxes...Davis creates a sense of almost unendurable emotional uncertainty by reminding us that consolation is ­repeatedly proffered, only to be whisked away.” The Guardian, 11th September 2009 ****

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LSO Live - LSO0683

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Verdi: Requiem & Four Sacred Pieces

Verdi: Requiem & Four Sacred Pieces


Verdi:

Requiem

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano), Nicolai Gedda (tenor) & Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass)

Quattro Pezzi Sacri


Presto Greatest Recordings

1960s

Warner Classics Masters - 0852192

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem

Filmed at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 26 April 1964


Ilva Ligabue (soprano), Grace Bumbry (mezzo-soprano), Sandor Konya (tenor) & Raffaele Arié (bass)

Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini

Lovingly restored, using the finest state-of-the-art technology, EuroArts’ series „Classic Archive“ features greatperformances by legendary artists, offering a unique glimpse into our classical musical heritage at an affordablemid-range price.

Legendary conductor and multi awarded Carlo Maria Giulini leads the superb Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus in awonderful and dramatic performance of Verdi’s «Messa da Requiem» featuring performances by soprano IlvaLigabue, mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry, tenor Sandor Konya & bass Raffaele Arie.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 4:3 (B/W)

Sound format DVD: PC Stereo

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 90 min

German FSK: 0

“Yes, it’s just a mono sound recording, it’s shot in black and white and the Royal Festival Hall acoustic is not the best. Nevertheless the fifty-year old Giulini draws out a powerfully thrilling and involving performance...He’s energetic and animated, his eyes ablaze, conveying total commitment...An affecting and dramatic historic mono monochrome recording.” MusicWeb International, 7th January 2014

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Ideale Audience International Classic Archive - 3079968

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Verdi & Fauré: Requiems

Verdi & Fauré: Requiems


Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Pierrette Alarie (soprano), Camille Maurane (baritone) & Maurice Duruflé (organ)

Chœurs Elisabeth Brasseur & Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Jean Fournet

Verdi:

Requiem

Gré Brouwenstijn (soprano), Maria von Ilosvay (contralto), Petre Munteanu (tenor) & Oskar Czerwenka (bass)

Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma & Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Paul van Kempen


Verdi’s mighty operatic Requiem and Fauré’s more demure offering are stablemates in this collection of rare recordings of these masterpieces. Reissues of Paul van Kempen’s recordings on Eloquence have been garnering great critical plaudits and this is the first international release on CD of his recording of the Verdi, made for Philips in 1955 and featuring stirring contributions from the soloists, especially soprano Gré Brouwenstijn and contralto Maria von Ilosvay. Jean Fournet recorded the Fauré Requiem twice. While his later recording, in stereo, has been widely available, his darker 1953 reading of this work, which features Pierrette Alarie and Camille Maurane, is a rarity.

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Verdi: Requiem, etc.

Cherubini:

Requiem in C minor

Verdi:

Requiem


Warner Classics Gemini - 5862392

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem


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Sony Karajan Anniversary Edition - 88697296109

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem


A Verdi Requiem with a dream line-up of soloists and the forces of La Scala, Milan, directed by one of the greatest maestros of our time

Preceding acclaimed performances at the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals, Barenboim and his magnificent partners recorded this masterpiece around a live performance at La Scala, Milan, in 2012. This marks the first audio recording by Barenboim in his role as La Scala’s Music Director.

A superb quartet of soloists – Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Elīna Garanča and René Pape – stamp their authority on this terrific performance.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“The magnificent full-throated chorus project in a manner liable to rip off the La Scala roof. And the soloists too trail opera glory...Barenboim, meanwhile, does everything to encourage bold attack from players and singers; even his pauses tremble. All told, it’s a thrilling account.” The Times, 13th September 2013 ****

“an optimum line-up of soloists for our time...Garanca’s lush mezzo sounds like an Amneris in waiting in the Lux aeterna; Pape is a rock in the bass soloist’s pronouncements...I wouldn’t want to be without Kaufmann’s searing Ingemisco and moving, introverted Hostias…” Sunday Times, 22nd September 2013

“It's a thoughtful, considered interpretation that places the emphasis not so much on the terrors of divine judgment as on mankind's suffering in the face of the unknown...the end result makes up in compassion for what it sometimes lacks in visceral excitement.” The Guardian, 10th October 2013 ****

“this performance, exciting and occasionally thrilling though it is, is not remotely Italian...It's a 'through-composed' linked-up performance, paced withy a dramatic curve that makes even the punchiest Italian-led ones...feel like number opera...The non-Italian soloists are in good fearless voice and aurally well integrated into this concept.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“Barenboim's interpretative view is grand in conception, with the La Scala performers offering him sufficient depth and richness of tone...the four soloists form a quartet finely balanced in vocal weight and proficiency...this is an impressive account.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ****

“So many of the older recordings on this list have vintage 'dream-teams' of soloists, and this 2012 Requiem offers a contemporary line-up of comparable lustre: Anja Harteros, Elīna Garanča, Jonas Kaufmann and René Pape are all on thrilling form, and Daniel Barenboim conjures suitably operatic drama from his La Scala forces.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical

Presto Disc of the Week

16th September 2013

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Recommended Recording

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2013

Decca - 4785245

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem


Angela Gheorghiu (soprano), Daniela Barcellona (mezzo), Roberto Alagna (tenor), Julian Konstantinov (bass)

Swedish Radio Chorus, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

'The catastrophic storms of the Last Judgement that assault the listeners’ ears with massive weight and power in the Dies Irae sections are portrayed not just in a raw, bombastic way, but with shrewd phrasing by Claudio Abbado – ever attentive to the musical colours and preserving the tonal eloquence and the massive sounds’ Suddeutsche Zeitung

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EMI - 4926949

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem


RCA - 88697646632

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem

From Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma, 2005


Fiorenza Cedolins, Luciana D’Intino, Ramón Vargas & Rafael Siwek

Coro della Fondazione Arturo Toscanini & Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Zubin Mehta

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TDK - DVWW-COVREQ

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