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Verdi : Messa di Requiem [Live]

Angela Gheorghiu, Giuseppe Verdi Audio CD
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  • Performer: Claudio Abbado
  • Audio CD (8 Oct 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005MG6F
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Messa di Requiem, Requiem: Requiem -Angela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Messa di Requiem, Requiem: Kyrie eleison, Christe eleisonAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Messa di Requiem, Dies irae: Dies iraeAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 2:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Messa di Requiem, Dies irae: Tuba mirumAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Messa di Requiem, Dies irae: Mors stupebitAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 1:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Messa di Requiem, Dies irae: Liber scriptus - Dies iraeAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Messa di Requiem, Dies irae: Quid sum miserAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Messa di Requiem, Dies irae: Rex tremendaeAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Messa di Requiem, Dies irae: RecordareAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Messa di Requiem, Dies irae: IngemiscoAngela Gheorghiu/Roberto Alagna/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedish Radio Choir 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Messa di Requiem, Dies irae: Confutatis - Dies iraeAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 5:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Messa di Requiem, Dies irae: LacrymosaAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 5:46£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Messa di Requiem, Offertorio: Domine Jesu Christe -Angela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Messa di Requiem, Offertorio: HostiasAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Messa di Requiem: SanctusAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/Orféon Donostiarra/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Messa di Requiem: Agnus deiAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/Orféon Donostiarra/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Messa di Requiem: Lux aeternaAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/Orféon Donostiarra/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swedi 6:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Messa di Requiem, Libera me: Libera me, DomineAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/ Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swed 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Messa di Requiem, Libera me: Dies iraeAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/ Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swed 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Messa di Requiem, Libera me: Requiem aeternamAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/ Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swed 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Messa di Requiem, Libera me: Libera me, DomineAngela Gheorghiu/Daniela Barcellona/Roberto Alagna/Julian Konstantinov/ Orféon Donostiarra/Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Bo Wannefors/José Antonio Sainz Alfaro/Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado/Swed 6:23£0.99  Buy MP3 


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146 of 153 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Confession time: the Verdi Requiem is my all-time favourite piece. My Desert Island Disc. I own eight or nine recordings of it - the Solti, the Shaw, the Gergiev, the Hickox, the Reiner, the Elliot Gardiner, and Abbado's last recording which boasts the most perfectly balanced vocal quartet of soloists on any recoding - but as an over all experience, this one wins. The fire of Gergiev was dulled by some excessively slow tempi; Abbado hits an extreme or two (fast and slow) but never leaves you bemused by his choices. Reiner is glorious but the recording shows its age, with too many audible edits on CD. Elliot Gardiner gained many fans for the musicality of his reading, but for my money never really let his hair down enough in the big moments. Too controlled. Too English. The climax of this Libera Me created a spine-tingling frisson the like of which I have not had for many a moon. Gheorghiu knocks spots off the melodramatic Flemming for Gergiev; her husband is in an altogether different league from the pitifully undervoiced Bocelli on the same recording. True, I missed some of the orchestral fireworks on the Phillips disc, but here at last is a Requiem I can return to again and again. Everything works, it's as simple as that. Highlights - Alagna's 'Ingemisco'; a perfect 'Lacrymosa'; the whole of the 'Libera Me'. The first time I heard Placido Domingo at Covent Garden, I was simply amazed at how musical his singing was: it wasn't overly clever or emotional, there were no histrionics, it was just perfect. I felt the same way time and again listening to this. And if at times I thought a moment was underplayed (compare Gergiev's ear-splitting climax to the 'Sanctus') in context of the whole performance, it always felt right. Full marks. And many thanks. And just buy the thing - it is the clear front runner in a very crowded field.
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130 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting emorional experience 12 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For starters, let me state that to my mind, Verdi's Requiem Mass is an extremely difficult work to bring off successfully, not because of any technical difficulties (they are legion: yet Beethoven's Missa Solemnis tops the Requiem in that respect), however the juxtaposition of operatic arias amidst quasi-rennaissance motet writing and the unique Verdi setting of the Day of Judgement poem - as visual as Michaelangelo's Dies Irae fresco - presents an architectural problem - emotion or cold-blooded build-up? Lets take for an example the opening "Requiem aeternam" chorus, where the tune (sung by the soprano in the a-capella section that appears in the very last part, written, incidentaly, some 5 years before the Requiem) is played by the violins, yet the chorus utters the words, sottovoce. What should the conductor do ? Overcharge the violin melody with devotion and passion, and thus lose the sense of direction (as with Gardiner and Giulini) or paint it with large strokes and let us figure for ourselves the "emotional" ingredient (as with Toscanini)? There has to be a balance between head and heart in this piece, and I do think that Abbado achieves precisely that quality, missing from, lets say, 95% of the available versions on record.
Furthermore, I sincerely believe that this particular Requiem needs the ambience of an audience in order to make things happen. Studio versions sound merely studio bound (apart from the Giulini and Gardiner, which also sound a bit manufactured). I have never heard a live version of the Requiem which hadnt some fine ingredient in it. This one is no exception. I have seen and heard a live realy of this particular performance on the 27th of January 2001, and it was a profound and moving experience.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Passion! 26 April 2006
By Dellers
Format:Audio CD
Verdi's Requiem is often considered one of the finest Requiems of musical history - and rightly so. The music is just overflowing with passion and beauty; melodies that simply melt the heart, lush and rich harmonies and orchestration to blow your mind. The impact of this particular performance is astonishing. The emotion, passion and brilliance of the music comes across very powerfully, yet the Berliner Philarmonic never stray from correct musical technique. It is a fine achievement.

Angela Gheorghiu is simply beautiful. Her voice is perfect for this work; and by the time the heart rendering melody of the 'Libera me' arrives she simply glides and floats delightfully through the sequential falling thirds. It has to be one of my favourite passages of music.

Abbado has done an excellent work in showing off the beauty of this music to its full. It seemed to me that this recording very much brings out the 'Italianness' of the Requiem although I am not entirely sure if I am explaining myself very well here. Let it just be said that this particular performance is a jem of musicianship.

One of the highlights is the famous 'Dies irae' movement which is truely magnificent. There are few things in the world that can beat listening to a piece of music like this and turning your stereo up really loud to feel each crashing chord pounding through your body (or even better would be a live performance). The violins and piccolos wheel and squeal to great heights before the orchestra plunges uniformly to a new crunching depth. Utterly superb! But it is not just the 'Dies irae' that is brilliant, the entire Requiem is just one piece of beautiful music after another.

The conclusion then? Definitely worth getting. This Requiem is a masterpiece of great quality, rich in passionate melody and beautiful operatic voices. In particular this performance has to be one of the best I've heard. A stirring recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic performance
There are many performances of the Requiem to choose from and it Is probably worth buying more than one, but this certainly ranks in the top 3. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bullingdon
5.0 out of 5 stars A great recording
A well balanced recording of a superb interpretation by Abbado conducting the Berlin Phiharmonic. Angela Gheorghiu and the other soloists give highly committed performances well... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fred Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Verdi. What's not to like?
One of the greatest classical pieces- let alone Requiem Masses- ever made. For me, on a par with Mozart's Req and Beethoven's 9th. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lava
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite.
The work is new to me and listening to this CD has made me fall in love with it completely. This has to be one of the great choral masterpieces. Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Waterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it, Love it - get the message?
Published 16 months ago by CS
2.0 out of 5 stars Could hardly hear a word
I have both seen and heard this performance and found it very disappointing because of the poor quality of the diction. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2011 by Celia Villa-Landa
3.0 out of 5 stars GO GUILINI
Barcellona,for one, TOTALLY 'lets the side down'. The CD to go for, IMHO, is Giulini's with Schwartzkopf,Ludwig,Gedda,Ghiaurov and the Philharmonia on EMI
Published on 29 Jan 2011 by Christopher Anthony John
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fine but lacking the last ounce of passion
Reviewing the recent Pappano release of this great work prompted me to revisit this recording and in many ways I found it to be a similar experience to the new EMI set. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2009 by Ralph Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Engineered perfection
The reviews above have pretty much covered what I would say about this recording, so I thought I'd add to it the sheer quality of the sound. The engineering is utterly perfect. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2009 by Russell Dunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, yes, but not perfect
Well I would have to disagree with the previous reviewers. Of course, it's all a matter of personal taste, but I was quite disappointed (having read the first review before I... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2008 by Soprano-siren
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