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5.0 out of 5 stars Clarity, pathos, exquisite quartet of soloists, beautifully judged pace and balance., 22 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Dvorak: Stabat Mater (Audio CD)
I have always loved this extraordinary work, and regard the performances by the great Czech conductors (especially Talich and Bélohlávek) with passion and significant awe. My favourite version on CD, however is the really deeply felt performance by the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Choir, directed by Helmuth Rilling, including Quasthoff's urgent and compelling bass in the fourth track on CD1, "fac, ut ardeat cor meum". The pace of the whole work is perfectly judged throughout, and the recorded sound is first class. The balance and musical intelligence amongst the quartet of soloists is exemplary. The discipline of the Bach Choir really showing its class in this work which sometimes (IMO) sounds overly operatic in similar way to the Verdi Requiem.

I particularly love the clarity and transparency of the sound, which is never tiring or muddled throughout the 2CD performance. Respect is due to Helmuth Rilling for pulling this all together so seamlessly.

This album is really worth considering, even if one already has the great Talich 1950s recording and any of the Bélohlávek versions from 1991 onwards.
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Initial post: 1 Jul 2013 23:16:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jul 2013 23:21:24 BDT
Gésu says:
Your concise review - exactly right. Completely agree.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2014 15:15:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2014 15:31:45 GMT
Hello, I was looking at this performance Dvorak: Stabat Mater of the S.M., it is 74 min long and fits on 1 CD, so it is 13 min shorter than the one here. Is it a faster performance or what? Thanks, Camil.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2014 23:41:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2014 23:44:50 GMT
I think it probably has the same number of notes. Just played faster.
Why not listen to them both and let us know how they compare?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 00:55:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jan 2014 20:36:00 GMT
I don't have either, just sampling on Amazon. I think I'll purchase the one here.
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