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Verdi: Requiem Import


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  • Performer: Roberta Peters, Mildred Miller
  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Reiner
  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000DGDHS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Filippo Secondo (aka AB) on 12 Oct. 2007
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This is a reissue on Eloquence of the 1960 Decca REQUIEM. Though reviewers of the previous releases often complain of tape hiss, it is nowhere to be found here (I've heard the performance on headphones). Reiner's quartet could hardly be bettered: Price (what a voice!), Tozzi (why was/is he underrated?), Elias (and she as well?) and even good old Bjorling (surprisingly for me, since I've never been a fan). My only complaint is that Reiner discourages them from singing their trills in 'Hostias' (why?). At 97 minutes, the performance never drags (even 'Libera me', the slowest movement here). The sound is excellent, considering the recording's age: there are distortions in only some of the loud choral (not soloist) passages, especially 'Dies irae'. In addition to the absence of the tape hiss, the difference between this reissue and the earlier ones is that the filler is Strauss's DEATH & METAMORPHOSIS (also conducted by Reiner), not Verdi's FOUR SACRED PIECES (conducted by Mehta).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A great treasure beautifullly remastered 21 Nov. 2007
By RENS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have long treasured this recording of Verdi's Requiem. I lived with it for many years on LPs, then audio cassettes, then the first CD release. The LP sound was excellent in its day. By the time the CDs appeared the sound, as transferred, was edgy and dated. Now we have a budget priced yet thorougly remastered release from Universal in Germany.
The stereo stage has opened up and the overall sound is spacious and the resonance delights the ears. Listening to this newest version of Reiner's Vienna recording of the Requiem I kept thinking, "Yes, this performance is every bit as great as I thought it was when I first heard it 35 years ago - only now I hear even more of its beauty in greater detail and without distortion.

There are indeed other great performances of the Verdi Requiem, some of them little known, such as the 1949 Eugen Jochum recording with the Bavarian State Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Cunitz, Hoengen, Ludwig and Greindl (available coupled with the Bruckner Te Deum)on an Orfeo 2 CD set)and the 1970 film of Leonard Bernstein conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Arroyo, Veasey, Domingo and Raimondi in St. Paul's Cathedral, London (Kultur DVD), and there are others so well known I'll leave it to the reader to think of them. But my heart will always remain in love with this performance.

An earlier reviewer has presented an evaluation of both performance and performers, so I will close simply with the urgent recommendation that anyone who knows Verdi's music or who is becoming acquainted with it should buy this 2 CD set while it is available. Such a low price to pay for so much glorious music-making!

As for the Reiner/Vienna reading of Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, it is very fine, although some will prefer the cleaner, more energized performance with the Chicago Symphony on RCA/BMG, but the Verdi Requiem alone justifies purchase of these CDs.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Reiner REQUIEM 12 Oct. 2007
By Filippo Secondo (aka AB) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a reissue on Eloquence of the 1960 Decca REQUIEM. Though reviewers of the previous releases often complain of tape hiss, it is nowhere to be found here (I heard the performance on headphones). Reiner's quartet could hardly be bettered: Price (what a voice!), Elias (why was she underrated?), Tozzi (and he as well?), and even good old Bjorling (surprisingly for me, since I'm not a great fan of the Swedish tenor). My only complaint is that Reiner discourages them from singing their trills in 'Hostias' (why?). At 97 minutes, the performance never drags (even in 'Libera me', the slowest movement here). The sound is excellent, considering the recording's age: there are distortions in only some of the loud choral (not soloist) passages, especially 'Dies irae' (as in Solti's first studio recording, the bass drum sounds like cannon shots). In addition to the absence of the tape hiss, the difference between this reissue and the earlier ones is that the filler is Strauss's DEATH & METAMORPHOSIS (also conducted by Reiner), not Verdi's FOUR SACRED PIECES (conducted by Mehta).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
THE BEST YET 22 Nov. 2012
By Hannibal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am in almost total agreement with the others who have written before me.

However, it must be said that a price has been paid in the wondrous sound clean-up in this latest remastering. The (huge) dynamic range of the previous issues has been diminished considerably, and sections such as the "Dies Irae" sadly no longer have the overwhelming impact as before - even though some of the bass drum whacks throughout still retain reminders of the previous omnipresent distortion. In general, listeners will therefore need to set their volume controls considerable higher than before to retain the over-all dramatic effect of the performance.

Finally, I must remark that the Strauss "Death and Transfiguration" (similarly recorded by Decca for RCA) is horribly remastered to make a mockery of what was a much praised performance of the work when issued (indeed often more praised abroad than the great Reiner/Verdi Requiem was due to its very slow opening), and it still sounds very good on its "Decca Legends 1956" CD (although it's a less explosive performance than one Reiner once did with the CSO).

If you care not at all about the Strauss work, then this is a must-buy. Bearing in mind the diminished sound stage of the Requiem (which you can to some degree compensate for), this is the cleanest version and on balance "best buy" of THE PERFORMANCE many of us grew up with (pace Toscanini). - Get it!
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