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Great Work! Shame about the recording
on 22 September 2012
I have recently been rehearsing this work for a small community choir and think it is a great piece of music with some excellent melodies and really good arrangements and stands up alongside many of the great choral works of all time, so I decided to get the download to see how it should sound.
What a disappointment!
I have two major gripes.
Firstly the quality of the recording is very poor. I believe this is a live recording of the premier performance, however the sound is very indistinct. The choir becomes very blurred and the dynamics are very flat and there are often problems with the balance between the vocalists and the instrumentalists.
Secondly The soprano soloist is an opera singer who manages to get vibrato on her vibrato a la Lesley Garrett. Why do beautiful choral works that come over best with a clear pure sound then get big powerful opera singers to ruin them.
If you want to hear a really good recording of a requiem, then I would highly recommend Ensemble Musique Oblique's recording of Faure's Requiem and The Messe des Pecheurs de Villerville by Messager/Faure instead.