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Verdi: Messa da Requiem - Sony Classical Masters [CD]

Georg Solti , Giuseppe Verdi , Margaret Hillis Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Margaret Hillis
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,194 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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CD Georg Solti

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Bargain 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value 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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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB RECORDING 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best recording, I have encountered. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not a first choice 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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