Some people may think that the conductor Colin Davis is boring, but I find his approach to Berlioz quite appropriate. Although some conductors (like, say, Leonard Bernstein) may want to really give Berlioz "the works" as the strive to play up the composers wildly imaginative music; what should also be preserved is Berlioz' more sophisticated and delicate side. Berlioz is easy to overplay. Davis' method of understatement does the music justice in that it allows the simple and organic beauty of the Requiem to be heard. Yes, Berlioz was a powerful Romantic, but also something of a classicist with some French polish.
The Requiem itself is a wonderful piece of music, as whatever recording you obtain of it will probably reveal. It is, first of all a very, very, long work that keeps the listener interested through profound solemness, as well as, thoughtful creativity. The second to last movement with tenor solo is quite moving. As the soloist sings "santos", the crashing cymbals gently accentuate. The final movement is also quite mesmerizing as the orchestra lovingly modulates and creates a trance-like atmosphere. It is indeed a moving experience-and I am not much a fan of most requiems!