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listen  1. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 1. RequiemDame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne and Martti Talvela and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 9:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2a. Dies iraeSir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 2:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2b. Tuba mirum - 2c. Mors StupebitMartti Talvela and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2d. Liber scriptusMarilyn Horne and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 4:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2e. Quid sum miserDame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2f. Rex tremendaeDame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne and Martti Talvela and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2g. RecordareDame Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2h. IngemiscoLuciano Pavarotti and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2i. ConfutatisMartti Talvela and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 5:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 2j. LacrymosaDame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne and Martti Talvela and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 6:08$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 3a. Offertorium: Domine, Jesu ChristeDame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne and Martti Talvela and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 3b. Offertorium: HostiasSir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 5:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 4. SanctusDame Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 5. Agnus DeiDame Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 6. Lux aeternaLuciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne and Martti Talvela and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker 6:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 7a. Libera me: Libera meDame Joan Sutherland and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 7b. Libera me: Dies iraeDame Joan Sutherland and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 7d. Libera me: Requiem aeternamDame Joan Sutherland and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Verdi: Messa da Requiem - 7c. Libera me: Libera meDame Joan Sutherland and Sir Georg Solti and Wiener Philharmoniker and Wiener Staatsopernchor 5:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Verdi: 4 Sacred Pieces (Quattro pezzi sacri) - Ave MariaChicago Symphony Chorus and Sir Georg Solti 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Verdi: 4 Sacred Pieces (Quattro pezzi sacri) - Stabat MaterChicago Symphony Chorus and Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Sir Georg Solti13:06Album Only
listen12. Verdi: 4 Sacred Pieces (Quattro pezzi sacri) - Laudi alla vergine MariaChicago Symphony Chorus and Sir Georg Solti 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Verdi: 4 Sacred Pieces (Quattro pezzi sacri) - Te DeumChicago Symphony Chorus and Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Jo Ann Pickens and Sir Georg Solti14:33Album Only


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  • Performer: Martti Talvela, Marilyn Horne, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti
  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (October 10, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000GUJZVE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the best performance of the Verdi Requiem that I have ever heard.
Albert Rosenberg
I found myself swept along by this account - and the spectacular sonics contribute to the excitement of the reading.
Ralph Moore
Talvela and Tozzi are both BIG voices, both true basses, and both excellent.
Thomas B. Dawkins

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B. Dawkins on May 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Including the DVD performance with von Karajan/La Scala, I own ten recordings of the Verdi Requiem. Putting the DVD performance aside for a moment, this recording and the Fritz Reiner on Decca Verdi: Requiem are the two that I pull out most frequently. I am biased in that I grew up with this recording which my mother bought after she sang the piece in college in the mid 1960s. Since these two are my favorites, I will compare and contrast.

The appropriateness of having Sutherland as the soprano soloist has always been debated. She has her strengths and weaknesses like any other singer, and oddly enough her quiet high notes aren't the best on record. But her breath control throughout (and especially at the end of the Offertorio) is stunning, and she truly sounds terrified at the beginning of the Libera Me. The duets with Horne have a solidity that is found in most of their work together, sounding much more like a single voice that's managed to produce two notes.

Price's performance with Reiner is legendary. Her low range, which is called upon frequently in this piece as well as the high register, is stronger than Sutherland's, and her quiet high notes are excellent. It is also argued that since Verdi wrote this part for the original Aida, Price is more appropriate to the part.

Horne embodies "mezzo-soprano" singing and is ideal for the part. Her high register is easy but forceful, and she has one of the most dramatic chest voices there is. Elias is also very good, but there's a polish and a variety in Horne's colors that keep me coming back to her recording.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By The Cultural Observer on June 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Of all of Verdi's latter works, the Verdi requiem is perhaps my favorite after Otello. Although it was written as a Requiem mass, I find that Verdi's composition recalls something that sounds more operatic than parochial, and for this reason, I don't think that it should be treated merely as a church piece. Rather, it should be seen a piece that combines both the elements of the sacred and secular emotions. This recording, one of Decca's most prestigious achievements in the studio, clearly ranks itself as one of the most exciting and beautiful renditions of the Verdi requiem, spearheaded by the Hungarian conductor Sir Georg Solti with the Vienna Philharmonic and the soloists Dame Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, and Martti Talvela. Although Solti has been accused of being overly emphatic with his conducting, I think the religious nature of the work tamed his hammy hand and made something beautiful and reverent out of it. No, this doesn't sound like Wagner, and I think that is all for the better. The more reflective parts are played with the kind of virtuosity that only an orchestra like the Vienna Philharmonic can offer, and the more balls against the wall are given a drive that no other recording gives. The Dies Irae is an excellent example of this. This is the second remastering of this awesome choral work by Decca, and you can hear so many details being given more emphasis by the engineers. In short, I think this is the best sounding Verdi requiem on the market, as proven by Decca's quality engineering.

The soloists are one of the most distinguished quartets ever to have sung their respective parts. Luciano Pavarotti in his prime sings the tenor with a meltingly tender line and a phrasing that no one will ever anticipate to surpass.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Fitzgerald on February 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I think the Verdi Requiem is the greatest Italian opera ever composed.

The old master managed to summon all his experience in the opera house and take the great themes of death, salvation, redemption and forgiveness and weave them into a stunning theatrical experience! (This is definitely not music for a liturgy.) A fantastic performance! Sutherland, freed from the constraints of her husband's boring conducting. Pavarotti, still young and making music instead of doing a "celebrity gig". Horne and Talvela at their considerable best. And Solti, unleashing the furies as only he could. This is a great recording.

(But also check out the Reiner recording with Leontyne Price & Jussi

Bjoerling. Talk about heavenly singing! My own, personal desert island recording. And Solti's later version from Chicago with Price is also a knockout!)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 22, 2010
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Although I own more than twenty recordings of the Verdi Requiem and have loved the piece for forty years, ever since I heard Bernstein's TV broadcast from St Paul's (commemorated in what is still a favourite version made with the same forces but recorded in the Albert Hall), for some reason until recently I had avoided acquiring this one. Perhaps I had been put off by untested accusations that Solti's interpretation was all brash theatricality and no vertical sense; perhaps I supposed that Joan Sutherland would be no-one's ideal of a Verdi soprano - but as soon as I finally bought and listened to it, this version leapt to the top of my list alongside three or four favourites including the aforementioned Bernstein on Sony, the famous Reiner recording, the 1952 Toscanini and Karajan's dream-team DVD from 1967(also featuring a young Pavarotti).

Apart from the quality of the sound, the fervour of the chorus and the fact that I think Solti, following Toscanini's model, successfully combines drama with the requisite reverence, the soloists offer an extraordinary combination of qualities: Sutherland's security and amplitude of tone, Horne's magnificent lower register and shining top, Pavarotti's liquid beauty of tone and mesmeric half-voice, and Talvela's rock-solid intonation and resonance; these are all great voices in their prime. Not only that, they combine so well, having sung together quite often by this time. My main criticism centres on pronunciation of the Latin text: I wish Talvela had not employed Germanic Latin; Horne pulls vowels about wilfully; Sutherland, while not as opaque as was sometimes the case, can be indistinct and occasionally falters (as at the start of the "Libera me, domine"); Pavarotti is the only one whose diction shines.
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