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on 19 April 2013
I have Karajan's recordings of the Requiem - the 1962, 1976 and the one in question - and the 1986 performance is the most compelling of the trio and a strong contender in a crowded market.

Why? Well, firstly, much like his recordings of the Bruckner 7th (1970, 1976 & 1989), Herbie progressively sped up in this work over time. Each movement, by and large, is faster than its predecessors. This is an asset; the Bohm DG alternative is leaden by comparison. When abetted by the Vienna Philharmonic (which was a miraculous ensemble in the 1980s - and the timpanist has a field day, happily), it makes for wonderous results.

The soloists are not overly memorable (with the exception of Burchuladze in the Tuba Mirum) and the sound-engineers could have done better in certain instances (choir-wise, where are the sopranos and altos in the first movement?? - they are inaudible - but the rest of the performance is first-rate).

Even so, these are sunspots. Listen to the end of the Lacrymosa - it is genuinely elegaic. The Hostias, redolent with grace, is an antidote to the period-practice atrocities so often committed against this movement. The so-called Sussmayer elements in the work - insofar as they can be so labelled with certainty - blaze forth as if penned by the Master himself.

Make no mistake: those wanting a traditional recording of this masterpiece - in the best sense of that word - should not go past this recording, ne absorbeat eas tartarus, ne cadant in obscurum.
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on 19 November 2011
Lost in a sea of recordings for this sublime piece of genius, this release sports a formidable cast and direction, spotless sound engineering and a shared feeling of elation not so often found inside a disc. Definitely a keeper.
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on 27 December 2014
Gorgeous version. So much emotion compared with some later ones. Had issue with mp3 link going to wrong version, but Customer Support sorted that for me very promptly. Link still incorrect on website, so be aware.
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on 25 March 2015
Amazing that von Karajan's old vinyl record sounds so fresh and vivid on CD
I will enjoy hearing it in my car now
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on 20 October 2009
This is the best album I've ever listened to and after repeated listenings over 10 years I'm still not sick of it! Buy this album immediately and you wont regret it for a second
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on 29 March 2010
A great recording of a wonderful piece of music. Put it on a good HiFi, sit back, relax and enjoy. Best when the kids are out!
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on 22 March 2015
The greatest of all requiems....Sublime...Especially if you loved the opening scene of X-Men 2!
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on 4 July 2015
Great music and performances.... Great cover shot too....
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on 8 June 2015
Arrived promptly and a good recording.
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on 8 January 2013
I like Mozart. And I like this performance of a musical work. Vienna Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Karajan, are the best.
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