Monteverdi choir is tops,
This review is from: Verdi: Requiem (Audio CD)
This recording impressed me greatly. The single most impressive aspect for me was the Monteverdi choir: their singing is precise, clear, and beautifully modulated, but they have the heft needed when it comes to the moments of drama and terror.
The Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, with period instruments, produce a sound that sets them apart; and for someone that has several recordings of the Verdi Requiem (with stalwarts like the Vienna Phil and Berlin Phil) it is refreshing. The wind section in particular stand out.
To nit-pick I missed the presence of bigger voices in the solo bass and mezzo parts - Von Otter and Miles are professional and skilled, but as I say, I miss the Ludwig, Cossotto, the Ghiaurov and Raimondi.
A stand out moment was the unaccompanied soprano and chorus reprise Requiem Aeternam in the Libera Me. The line and colouring from all was superb. There was an atmosphere that chilled me, and whilst it is usually a wonderful moment in most Requiem recordings Orgonasova and the Monteverdi choir lifted it into another league.