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Product details

  • Performer: Georg Solti
  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B003P93HJO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Requiem
  2. Dies irae
  3. Requiem and Kyrie
  4. Dies Irae
  5. Tuba mirum
  6. Liber scriptus
  7. Quid sum miser
  8. Rex tremendae
  9. Recordare
  10. Ingemisco
  11. Confutatis
  12. Lacrymosa
  13. Offertorio
  14. Sanctus
  15. Agnus Dei
  16. Lux Aeterna
  17. Libera Me

Product Description

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I have owned this performance for thirty years on LP, the only drawback to that format being the rather close, boxy sound. The remastering has worked miracles: the sound is still detailed but now has far more warmth and bloom to it and there is a deeper and wider soundstage.

The performance is as outstanding as any in the catalogue. There is all the excitement one expects from Solti - the thwacks on the bass drum in the 'Dies Irae' are most impressive, especially if one has a bass woofer - and the 'Sanctus' is thrilling, with the aid of the incomparable Chicago brass section.

The performance is also notable for the warmth and humanity of the orchestral playing and of the solo singing. The soloists form an excellent team.Some may regret that Pavarotti was ill and unable to take part as planned or that Janet Baker hasn't an Italianate voice. She is however such an intelligent and musical singer that she illuminated virtually every part she sang, as she does here.

The chorus under the direction of Margaret Hillis was surely the finest in the world: its diction, accuracy and expressiveness are a marvel.

Last, and by no means least, the performance, which lasts 81 minutes, fits onto a single CD so that the mood is not broken by having to change discs.
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I have lost count of how many copies of this masterpiece I have on my shelves yet somehow I have until now delayed acquiring this studio recording made in 1953 in the famous, warm acoustic of the Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin. I had always heard of it as being some kind of gold standard recording by virtue of its drive and passion and I am happy to agree with a previous reviewer that the conducting is "white-hot".

Fricsay made another, later recording in 1960 but unfortunately that, too, is mono and opinion is divided about which is the better; on balance, most plump for this one by virtue of its having the same soprano is younger, fresher voice and a far more propulsive approach, resulting in the duration being only 75 minutes, allowing it to fit neatly onto one CD, whereas Fricsay is much more leisurely in the later, live recording.

Neither recording boasts the best team of soloists; here, the tenor is very musical but rather small-scale-white-voiced and inclined to aspirate. The bass Kim Borg is rather windy and hollow, not especially Italianate in the required black-browed fashion but he is expressive. The mezzo is the very sturdy, slightly plummy Marianna Radev, whom I have not previously encountered but she is certainly up to the demands of the part without being very imaginative. She, like Oralia Dominguez for Fricsay in 1960, is almost the star of the show by virtue of the amplitude of her voice. Stader, as I said, is in good voice but I like my Verdi sopranos to be somewhat meatier and more dramatic of tone. Nonetheless, she soars as she should in her high-flying passages, despite her rather "little-girly" sound.

It is the vigour of the choral contribution and the drive of Fricsay's direction which lend real distinction to this performance.
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I bought this CD as it was my late father's favourite piece of music and we used a few tracks at his funeral. Since then I have listened to it constantly and I find it very restful, despite it being a requiem.... the music, the soloists, the orchestra, it's all so beautiful.
This is a wonderful, and so marvellous for the price, piece of music.
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Some years ago I was looking for a recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto. A well-known violinist had recently recorded a much-publicised version which had received warm praise from many critics. The only problem was it was on sale for around £16, a more considerable sum in the mid-nineties than it would be today and one I felt I could not afford. On a trip to my local record shop, however, I found two versions on sale for around a quarter of that price. Were they made by unknown soloists performing with some third-rate orchestra? By no means. One was by Yehudi Menuhin, the other by David Oistrakh, two of the most distinguished violinists of the twentieth century. In the event I went with the Menuhin (the version with Silvestri and the Vienna Philharmonic) and a fine recording it is too. I still have that CD, proudly bearing its price-tag of £3.99.

I mention this anecdote because I recently had a similar experience with the Verdi Requiem. In most areas of commerce it is normally true that “you get what you pay for” and that “if something’s cheap, it’s cheap for a reason”. For some reason, however, this does not seem to apply to recordings of classical music. This is by far the cheapest version of the Requiem currently available on Amazon, yet it features the great Georg Solti with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and soloists as notable as Leontyne Price, Janet Baker and Jose van Dam.

One thing which might have annoyed me at one time is that this particular CD does not come with any accompanying sleeve notes; I am just about old enough to remember the days of the classical LP, which invariably gave you quite extensive information about the work, its composer and the performers on the back of the record cover.
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