- 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)
Verdi: Messa Da Requiem - Sony Classical Masters CD
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
This is a wonderful, and so marvellous for the price, piece of music.
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.Read more ›
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This was very good music. I was very good to listen to and helped me a lot with my practice for the concertPublished on 21 Oct. 2013 by Christine Hall