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  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra
  • Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B005FVFWHU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Requiem aeternam
  2. Kyrie eleison
  3. Dies irae
  4. Tuba mirum
  5. Liber scriptus - Dies irae
  6. Quid sum miser
  7. Rex tremendae
  8. Recordare
  9. Ingemisco
  10. Confutatis maledictis - Dies irae
  11. Lacrymosa
  12. Domine Jesu Christe
  13. Hostias et preces
  14. IV. Sanctus
  15. V. Agnus Dei

Disc: 2

  1. VI. Lux aeterna
  2. Libera me - Dies irae
  3. Requiem aeternam
  4. Libera me
  5. Ave Maria (1889) - Dame Janet Baker/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini
  6. Stabat mater (1896-97) - Dame Janet Baker/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini
  7. Laudi alla Vergine Maria (wds. Dante: c1890) - Dame Janet Baker/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini
  8. Te Deum (1895-96) - Dame Janet Baker/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini

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On CD, I have five different versions of this particular work by Verdi and in my opinion this is the best. The conductor really captured the mood in every essence of the word, thoughout this wonderful work. The contrast between the quieter and more dramatic elements is astounding. All four soloists were excellent, with the Soprano and Mezzo Soprano's voices balancing very well together, particularly in the Recordare and the Agnus Dei. The choir was very good indeed, due to its clarity and the contrast in dynamics. The orchestra was outstanding throughout. The Dies Irae kept my husband glued to his seat, while he was listening to this recording, after which he didn't move until the end of the work. I would recomment this CD to anyone who wants to be left on a high, so to speak.
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To challenge the much vaunted supremacy of this recording in the face of legion five-star reviewers is asking for trouble but I'll do it anyway, because I genuinely believe that this is by no means the paragon it has been held up to be.

My credentials for saying so are merely my own pair of ears, forty years of listening to this piece live and in recordings and as a collector of thirty-plus versions, most of which I find superior to this one.

First of all, the recording has peaking and overloading problems inherent in the master tape which will not be addressed by another re-mastering; the 1997 engineering is probably the best that can be achieved. It doesn't bother me much but it's there and will be a more important factor for audiophiles.

Secondly, it may be that Giulini takes the more spiritual approach that some require in this work but for me that results in some loss of excitement and tension in what is undeniably a supremely operatic and histrionic treatment of liturgical music. Again, this is not key but other versions are simply more involving and moving.

Thirdly, the soloists are neither uniformly good not necessarily aptly voiced for their roles. I instantly exempt Ghiaurov from that observation; he is simply immense, flawless and a model for all subsequent interpreters. Ludwig is very good but sometimes shrieks and sounds far less comfortable than in her later recording with Karajan; she blends far less well with Schwarzkopf than they did in the Böhm "Così" from around the same time. The real trouble starts with Schwarzkopf and Gedda; she positively screams in the "Salva Me" of the quartet in the "Dies Irae" and too often mews and swoons where solid tone is needed.
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Very little to say about this wonderful recording. It has always been highly rated amongst the many good versions. If you were brought up on Toscanini and want more modern sound this is the one for you, although Richard Hickox on one disc from Chandos is worth considering.
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This is a marvellous version of the requiem on three counts: 1) The conductor's excellent interpretation of the work. 2) The outstanding performances given by the soloists and although there are no weak links here I would particularly praise the singing of Christa Ludwig and Nicolai Gedda. 3) The digital re-mastering by Abbey Road Studios has provided a very good quality of sound from the 1962-64 recordings. In fact, to me these dvds sound noticeably better than the original vinyl discs.
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this was probably a fantastic recording in it's day.. but if you have anywhere near a decent hifi, you won't be able to listen to it as the feedback and distortion (especially in the full on loud vocal sections) makes it unlistenable. i'm very disapointed and wish i'd bought a current recording.
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