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Verdi: Requiem [CD]

Ferenc Fricsay Audio CD
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  • Performer: Maria Stader, Marianna Radev, Helmut Krebs, Kim Borg
  • Orchestra: Berlin St Hedwig's Cathedral Choir, Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir
  • Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (18 Sep 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: The Originals
  • ASIN: B000001GQU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 1. RequiemFerenc Fricsay 8:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2. Dies iraeFerenc Fricsay 2:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2. Tuba mirumFerenc Fricsay 2:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2. Liber scriptusFerenc Fricsay 4:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2. Quid sum miserRIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2. Rex tremendaeFerenc Fricsay 3:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2. RecordareFerenc Fricsay 3:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2. IngemiscoRIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2. ConfutatisKim Borg 4:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2. LacrymosaKim Borg 5:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 3. OffertoriumFerenc Fricsay 8:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 4. SanctusFerenc Fricsay 2:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 5. Agnus DeiRIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin 4:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 6. Lux aeternaKim Borg 5:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 7. Libera meFerenc Fricsay12:081.49  Buy MP3 

Product Description

DGG 447442 2; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica vocale Sacra Messe

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely Dramatic Requiem 23 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
Friscay was DG's star conductor before the advent of Karajan and the former's untimely death. Despite sonic limitations this requiem is white hot from start to finish. Soloists all acquit themselves superbly. What a musical singer Stader makes despite a smaller than usual voice in the part. On one disc this memorable performance is a bargain, although a pity stereo wasn't available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 16 July 2011
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I bought this CD as it was my late father's favourite piece of music and we used a few tracks at his funeral. Since then I have listened to it constantly and I find it very restful, despite it being a requiem.... the music, the soloists, the orchestra, it's all so beautiful.
This is a wonderful, and so marvellous for the price, piece of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Recording 12 Aug 2013
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Ferenc Fricsay and the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin deliver a truly powerful interpretation of Verdi's Requiem.

After researching the piece listening to samples on YouTube, iTunes and Amazon, it was a simple decision choosing this recording as my introduction to the piece. It is a decision I will never regret.

The soloists involved all perform beautifully, especially soprano Maria Stader and bass Kim Borg. Marianna Radev and Helmut Krebs are not to be overlooked and acquit themselves with very much aplomb.

The sound quality is fantastic and the fact that it is a mono recording is very quickly forgotten. The balance between voice and orchestra is excellent. The soloists are for me, placed perfectly and choir is finely balanced in relation to both soloist and orchestra.

I have heard a number of more contemporary recordings but for me, this recording is still my first choice. Whilst it may not have the benefits of later recording techniques being mono, the quality of the performance and commitment of all involved shines through brightly. I would not hesitate to recommend this recording whether as an introduction to the piece or for someone looking for a further recording.

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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There are times when you need a good requiem; this one is beyond great.

I've heard Verdi's Requiem a number of times, conducted by Serafin, Toscanini, and de Sabata, on vintage vinyl, but couldn't sustain much interest. Most reviewers think Fricsay is in their league, or close, but in fact he's the one that finally got my full attention riveted on this music. They've all had 50+ years of praises, quibbles, adjectives, and comparisons, but sometimes such weighing and measuring and judging misses the real point.

If you don't get this point, don't worry, it'll get you soon enough. You might be just looking to add one more well-chosen disc to your collection, stick it in a machine, sit back, enjoy, and congratulate yourself for making another fine purchase you won't regret. Buy this one. What matters is that you'll never throw it out, so you'll have it on hand when the time comes (as it will) when you really need this, only this, and nothing else.

When a requiem needs to serve its intended purpose (when most music and people seem dim, flat and woefully inadequate), no merely great performance will do. What you need then is to immolate your mind in a celestial conflagration.

This performance resolves the old debate about whether the piece should be approached dramatically or religiously. Fricsay does both at once. He shows more "true grit" than any cowboy as he rides the music like a rodeo bull -- but at the same he lets the music soar free as a flock of angels flying home at the end of the day. (What? Both at once? Yeah! Fricsay makes it seem effortless even if my words don't.)

This performance is earthy without being earthbound. It's been called refreshingly secular.
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