on 25 February 2010
After huge disappointment with Karajan's digital recording of the Requiem with the horrible solo singers and rahter earth-bound performance, I've come across Giulini's stereo version, recorded in 1978, quite by chance. When I played the CD, I could not believe this was the same music! Not only that Giulini's account is nothing short of awe-inspiring, but also that the 70s' stereo recording quality is amazingly full and atmospheric, far better than Karajan's perspective-less digital recording. Helen Donath, Christa Ludwig, Robert Tear and Robert Lloyd sing Marvelously like heavenly beings and Giulini draws gloriously rich sounds from Philharmonia Orchestra, with the chorus perfectly balanced. Overall, Giulini's reading has more weight and depth than Karajan's and it's filled with a sense of profound reverence.