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Verdi: Messa Da Requiem - Sony Classical Masters CD


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Product details

  • Performer: Georg Solti
  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B003P93HJO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Requiem
2. Dies irae
3. Requiem and Kyrie
4. Dies Irae
5. Tuba mirum
6. Liber scriptus
7. Quid sum miser
8. Rex tremendae
9. Recordare
10. Ingemisco
11. Confutatis
12. Lacrymosa
13. Offertorio
14. Sanctus
15. Agnus Dei
16. Lux Aeterna
17. Libera Me

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Numero Uno on 7 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have owned this performance for thirty years on LP, the only drawback to that format being the rather close, boxy sound. The remastering has worked miracles: the sound is still detailed but now has far more warmth and bloom to it and there is a deeper and wider soundstage.

The performance is as outstanding as any in the catalogue. There is all the excitement one expects from Solti - the thwacks on the bass drum in the 'Dies Irae' are most impressive, especially if one has a bass woofer - and the 'Sanctus' is thrilling, with the aid of the incomparable Chicago brass section.

The performance is also notable for the warmth and humanity of the orchestral playing and of the solo singing. The soloists form an excellent team.Some may regret that Pavarotti was ill and unable to take part as planned or that Janet Baker hasn't an Italianate voice. She is however such an intelligent and musical singer that she illuminated virtually every part she sang, as she does here.

The chorus under the direction of Margaret Hillis was surely the finest in the world: its diction, accuracy and expressiveness are a marvel.

Last, and by no means least, the performance, which lasts 81 minutes, fits onto a single CD so that the mood is not broken by having to change discs.
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Some years ago I was looking for a recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto. A well-known violinist had recently recorded a much-publicised version which had received warm praise from many critics. The only problem was it was on sale for around £16, a more considerable sum in the mid-nineties than it would be today and one I felt I could not afford. On a trip to my local record shop, however, I found two versions on sale for around a quarter of that price. Were they made by unknown soloists performing with some third-rate orchestra? By no means. One was by Yehudi Menuhin, the other by David Oistrakh, two of the most distinguished violinists of the twentieth century. In the event I went with the Menuhin (the version with Silvestri and the Vienna Philharmonic) and a fine recording it is too. I still have that CD, proudly bearing its price-tag of £3.99.

I mention this anecdote because I recently had a similar experience with the Verdi Requiem. In most areas of commerce it is normally true that “you get what you pay for” and that “if something’s cheap, it’s cheap for a reason”. For some reason, however, this does not seem to apply to recordings of classical music. This is by far the cheapest version of the Requiem currently available on Amazon, yet it features the great Georg Solti with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and soloists as notable as Leontyne Price, Janet Baker and Jose van Dam.

One thing which might have annoyed me at one time is that this particular CD does not come with any accompanying sleeve notes; I am just about old enough to remember the days of the classical LP, which invariably gave you quite extensive information about the work, its composer and the performers on the back of the record cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bullingdon on 18 July 2013
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An old recording with great conductor and soloists. If you don't want to spend much money, this is the one to get as it's a classic performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Auchinvole on 17 May 2013
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I bought this because I am singing with the Big Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall in July and needed to learn the music. It is an amazing piece, beautifully recorded and re-mastered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik H. A. Jakobsen on 15 April 2013
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With my background as a Music student from the University of Copenhagen, as well as being a semi-professional choral singer, I listen to classical recordings with a critical ear. This recording has got both the right tempos, the right expression and an incredible line-up of soloist - not to mention the orchestra and the chorus. Everything is handled superbly by conducter George Solti.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Musica Vita on 4 Jan. 2012
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Never having been a fan of Solti, I bought this disc solely to hear Janet Baker in this fantastic music. In that respect I was not disappointed; she sings the mezzo solo "Liber scriptus" wonderfully and no less so in the duet "Recordare" and the other ensembles. Jose van Dam is also very moving and well-suited to this work. Unfortunately I cannot enthuse over Leontine Price or Veriano Lucchetti. Price constantly scoops from one note to the next (portamento is too polite a term), and her lower range, heard especially in the "Libera me", lacks depth. Lucchetti is also disappointing, with vague starts to musical phrases and a general lack of subtlety.

The Chicago Symphony Chorus is excellent; choruses do not come much better than this. Likewise the orchestra, and the combination in the eight-part fugal "Sanctus" is beautifully clear - until the brass enters. The recording gives the brass far too much prominence, so that when they are playing loudly the rest is obscured. Because of this, the "Tuba mirum" is not as frightening as it should be, indeed it is difficult to hear much of the important chorus parts in that section. Aside from that, the recording captures Verdi's wide-ranging dynamics, from the quiet mood of the opening to the enormous drum-beats in the "Dies irae" very well.

With the whole work on one disc, this is a great bargain, but even so I would not have this as a first choice. Buy it for Baker, van Dam and the chorus, but listen also to Abbado (with the Berlin Phil) and Giulini. Both are currently only a few pounds more, and with Giulini you get the Four Sacred Pieces as well.
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