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Dvorak: Requiem Op. 89, Symphony No. 8 Op. 88 (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Mariss Jansons) Hybrid SACD

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  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Composer: Anton Dvorak
  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: RCO Live
  • ASIN: B003AOG4PI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,240 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introitus. Requiem Aeternam
2. Graduale. Requiem Aeternam
3. Sequentia. Dies Irae
4. Tuba Mirum
5. Quid Sum Miser
6. Recordare, Jesu Pie
7. Confutatis Maledictis
8. Lacrimosa
9. Offertorium. Domine Jesu Christe
10. Hostias
Disc: 2
1. Sanctus & Benedictus
2. Pie Jesu
3. Agnus Dei
4. Allegro Con Brio - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
5. Adagio - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
6. Allegretto Grazioso - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
7. Allegro Ma Non Troppo - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Among the activities undertaken by the Vienna Singverein to commemorate its 150th anniversary during the 2008 9 season was a series of performances of Dvorák s Requiem with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Mariss Jansons. The concert recordings of the two performances given in Amsterdam in February 2009 have been integrated here to create a captivating presentation of this rarely recorded work by the Bohemian master. On this double SACD release, Jansons, who has a special affinity with Dvorák s late works, has paired the Requiem with the recording of the Eighth Symphony, composed during the period directly preceding the genesis of the Requiem. Of particular note in Jansons s interpretation of both works here is his amazing attention to detail which is so characteristic of his performances but which in no way impedes the development of extended, overarching climaxes.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Manning on 1 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
To my astonishment, this disc is my first encounter with Dvorak's Requiem Mass, and now I cannot imagine why I hadn't heard it before. It has all the hushed reverence and drama that the genre calls for, and with Dvorak's unmistakable signature. Jansons crafted a memorable performance, his orchestra, soloists and Wiener Singverein chorus all responding admirably. I ought not to make any particular comment, but the tenor Klaus Florian Vogt's ringing light tone especially catches my ear; but then Thomas Quasthoff's introduction to the Dies Irae is most memorable, and the tubular bells were an inspired idea..... forget it, just enjoy it all.

Dvorak's eighth symphony is more well-known, and I expected it to be an enjoyable filler - but it is much, much more. For those who assert that today's conductors do not have the total control over their orchestra that the 'great oldies' did, this proves them wrong. I used the word 'crafted' for the requiem, and the same description applies to the symphony. Time after time I noted Janson's points of detail that had previously escaped me; he achieves his magic without the result appearing stilted, although some might like the dancing third movement (Allegretto Graziozo) to flow more freely (but not me).

Some items from the notes - the requiem is split over 2 SACDs after the Hostias, and the timings are 76.37 and 60.09 (including the symphony). Whereas the requiem was recorded on 5th and 6th February 2009, the symphony recording was split over 5 dates in 2007 and 2008 (with no effect on the result that I can detect).

As for the 5.0 recording, the live audience is confined to applause only; how this was accomplished without close microphone placement I do not know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stefan on 30 Sept. 2010
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I am very biased because I was at the original performace of this peace. But anyway this is so far the best recording I have heared of the Requiem of Dvorak. A piece that should played more often.

The Wiener Singverein is one of the best choruses in the world, the Concertgebouw Orchestra is one of the best orchestra's in the world and Jansons is among the top conductors in the world. And it shows. Just about everything is right. The balance between orchestra, choir and soloists is just right. Jansons manages to give this piece the right ammount of drama, something that requiems of this era need. Thomas Quasthoff's performance is particullary memorable, especially if you know his physical condition.

As usual the recording quality is great. Although a live performance the audience is not notable. Instruments/musicians or groups of instruments are never suffocated. Even at maximum tutti the most delicate woodwinds come though with sparkling clarity and to scale with respect to volume and depth placement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gabriele Frignani on 9 July 2015
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I already had three good recordings of this work (Ancerl, kertesz, Sawallisch – the first two on vinyl) but I was curious about this take of jansons who I already had occasion to listen with other authors: the discography of this requiem doesn’t abound and it’s a pity.
The 8th symphony worth itself the purchase of this double CD, it’s a little jewel and Jansons brings out every details of this work by an uncontainable energy.
The requiem doesn’t stand back and, for the conductor, I wouldn’t hesitate with compliments and clapping but the singers…. hell!
A wrong Latin text pronunciation is something I can’t stand, especially from professional singers, people who devoted to music their professional choice of life: how is it possible to bear pronunciations like ”ghementen”, “Reghnavit”, “Riquiem” and so on? ….we are not dealing with parish guys here.
Pronouncing Aeternam like iternam, tuba mirum like tuba mira!!...
There is an nearly comic moment in the “Pie Jesu” when the bass howls his “Gesù pie” and the choir reply “Jesu pie”: not even between them they get on well!.
(In latin pronunciation suffix like ge or gi doesn’t sound like gear or give but like je-nny or ji-mmy).
Mistakes in pronunciation like those are easily avoidable with just a hint of good willing and preparation.

Technically, the recording ranges between good (Requiem) to very good (symphony). In the first case some details are lost in “tutti” movements and the perspective get a little squeezed forward: it favours the singers (!) but much less choir and orchestra where cellos and double bass lines become not easy to hear.
Anyway, this music is so wonderful that can stand everything….this review included.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eva Naess on 16 Aug. 2014
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Absolutely beautiful
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Jansons and the Dvorak Requiem 11 July 2010
By Bruce A. Mcdonald - Published on
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There have been two fine recordings released in the past few months of Dvorak's highly individual REQUIEM. The recording with Jansons and the Concertgebouw is, to me, marginally the better. Jarvi's fine recording with the London Philhar-monic is also fine, however. The solists in the Amsterdam recording are smoother in sound, and Jansons is fully inside this music. One slightly insane reviewer said several years ago that the REQUIEM was a really dull piece; both the recent recordings should have him eating crow, particularly the Jansons recording. I have always found it to be a fascinating piece, with wonderful music for both soloists and chorus. The live recording is extremely good, and it is coupled with a splendid account of Dvorak's 8th symphony. This recording should win new friends for this neglected work, which rewards investigation. Excellent in every way.
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A great find! 15 July 2015
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I can only highly recommend this great gem of a disk. Excellent performance! Fantastic, very well balanced and blended soloist ensemble. I have heard many requiems and other oratorios in my life but somehow missed this one until now. And I am fascinated! The music has a lot of freshness and originality, a kind of spellbindingly suspenseful spirituality. Very elevating, but draws you in rather than pounds you. Though it does have peaks and valleys and I suppose may appear less coherent in some ways than Berlioz's or Verdi's masterpieces, I couldn't call it even remotely boring. I would say the mood is more deep than grandiose, although it is grandiose as well. And again, I just love the voices of all the soloists. Vogt is by far the most perfect tenor imaginable for this type of part. Soprano is amazing too. Very enjoyable!
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The Dvorak Requiem is turned into a real event 20 Jun. 2010
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I'm not well placed to comment on these live performances, the Requiem from2009 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Wiener Singverein, the Sym. #8 from six sessions (really? why?) beginning in 2007. My tolerance for Requiems is limited, and the Dvorak is very long. It is full of ingenious devices and harmonies you'd never suspect from the composer's orchestral music, but Dvorak doesn't take a stance toward death as Verdi and Brahms so strongly do. there's a lack of musical focus, and after a while I feel immersed in nebulous religious feeling, mostly of a gloomy sort expressed in slow tempos and broken, halting phrases. Yet it's quite clear that this concert was an event, and the visiting Viennese chorus is the star. The vocal soloists are a varied lot but never less than good. Quasthoff is in good voice, but I find Vogt's tenor peculiarly adolescent and unattractive. Jansons' guidance is assured, but beyond these few comments I cannot offer much.

On previous occasions I've found Jansons to be generic in his readings of Dvorak symphonies, with a particularly dull "New World" on the same Concertgebouw house label. As before, this Eighth is well recorded and the Amsterdamers play beautifully. If you want a reading that's light, lilting, and not very dramatic, here you go. There's no doubt that Jansons gives the music a high degree of polish, the very thing that quickly loses my interest. It's not that Dvorak must sound Czech, but at least he shouldn't be ushered into the parlor and sat down on velvet cushions. The whole reading is naptime. Almost any reading with the Czech Phil. will serve as a bracing antidote.

Here are the performance details:

Requiem, Op. 89

Recorded Live Concertgebouw 5-6 Feb 2009

Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano), Mihoko Fujimura (alto), Klaus Florian Vogt (tenor) & Thomas Quasthoff (bass)

with Vienna Singverein

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

19, 20, 21, 23 & 25/12/2007 & 23/10/2008
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