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Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts
Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Conductor's Final Recording., 12 Aug. 2013
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I first came aquainted with the Berlioz Requiem, around 1947, as a schoolboy visiting BBC's Maida Vale Studios,
where Sir Thomas Beecham conducted an overwhelming performance in the converted ice rink. Numerous later
performances, including Sir Colin's performance (and rehearsal) at St Paul's in 1969. Then he had acoustic and
timing problems with the four brass bands at the far extremties of the cathedral. Things were different for the
present recording, as he placed the brass bands on the four corners of the dome, near the main orchestra. Age
and experience of the acoustics produced a wonderully measured performance, but an unusual feature, not to
found on other recordings. The many tympani and percussion, placed in a line between the orchestra and choir,
completely overwhelmed the choir and most of the orchestra during the Dies Irae, both in performance and CD.
That said, as probably the greatest Berlioz conductor, we have both his last thoughts on this massive work, and
unfortunately what is also probably his last recording. A great way to go!


Icon: Dame Janet Baker
Icon: Dame Janet Baker
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Which Janet Baker Collection to Choose?, 12 Aug. 2013
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I have had a copy of this CD for several years, and the new copy is for a Russian friend, who has found Janet Baker's
voice one of the most beautiful he has heard in western Europe. It was a question of this CD, which he has heard many
times, or the newly issued larger collection, and the selection on the older set seems fine; leaving room for other CDs,
such as Benjamin Britten's folk-song arrangements, sung by Peter Pears.


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