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Verdi: Requiem


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • Run Time: 87.54 minutes
  • ASIN: B000AMXS8O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Two disc set of the Live 1987 performance of Verdi's Messa Da Requiem.

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Especially I enjoyed the "Tuba mirum."
Heinrich
Chorus and orchestra worked out into a level better than perfect.
Hiram Gomez Pardo
This is for the real lovers of Verdis great piece.
Ia Rodami

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Heinrich on August 26, 2008
Format: DVD Audio
I know, you shouldn't comment on other reviews, but this first review is just wrong. You can't buy a DVD-Audio and expect it to play on a CD player! The DVD plays on my DVD player and on my DVD-Audio player without problems. (Only the menu navigation might need getting used to.) Having fixed-images while the music is playing is, of course, standard for DVD-Audios. It is amusing to see my prejudices about purchasers of Bose-products being confirmed: The more brand-conscious, the less competent.

Speaking about the product itself: This recording of Verdi's Requiem is one of the best I know. The division of the surround sound between the speakers is well balanced, and the sound itself is flawless. As usual for Gergiev, the interpretation is very energetic, even aggressive, but also very sensitive during the more lyrical passages. Especially I enjoyed the "Tuba mirum." Among the soloists only Andrea Bocelli doesn't seem to up to the demands of the dramatic pieces; he is more at home at the lyrical passages.
Conclusion: Everybody who loves Verdi's music or Gergiev's style of conducting will enjoy this recording!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on June 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Dedicated in memory of the great Alejandro Manzoni, Verdi`s Requiem is truly one of the most engrossing and spellbinding Requiems ever composed. It possesses an emotional density, lyrical warmth and expressive significance that constitutes in the case of Verdi an apart world, a real masterpiece in its wholeness.

Karajan`s version has undeniably a majestic expansiveness and careful scene's domain. Chorus and orchestra worked out into a level better than perfect. One of the most vibrating and extraordinary achievements of this conductor.

Don' t miss it!
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[This review is for Mariss Jansons' recording with the Bavarian Radio Symphony. Amazon has once again incorrectly linked multiple recordings of the Verdi Requiem.]

I've surprised myself by becoming a fan of Mariss Jansons, a conductor who was suddenly hit with inspiration with his Bavarian Radio Symphony. There's vitality and sparkling new ideas coming from Germany that we haven't heard in Amsterdam. Irony prevails; I'm glad Jansons is leaving the Concertgebouw instead of the Bavarian Radio Symphony, even though most critics will tell you that the Concertgebouw is the better orchestra.

Jansons is releasing his new Verdi Requiem just over a year after Decca released Barenboim's reading with La Scala, including star soloists Anja Harterost, Elina Garanca, Jonas Kaufmann, and Rene Pape. Jansons' quartet of Krassimira Stoyanova, Marina Prudenskaja, Saimir Pirgu, and Orlin Anastassov isn't on the same level. Pirgu's Ingemisco is refined and lyrical, a far cry from Kauffman's effusive power.

But I don't mean to carp. If the soloists are actually quite good, it's the man at the podium that drives this performance. We open with soft, sensitive expectancy, the Bavarian Radio Choir sounding full and gorgeous, almost hymn-like. For a little while, I wondered if Jansons was too refined. The start of Dies Irae favors resplendence over terror, but the deeper into the work I went, the more I was enamored with the inner drama. Jansons isn't aiming for outright terror or grandeur, but the power of the orchestra is incredible, and there's a feeling of urgency in the pulse, an incredible eye for the shadows. And the first desk players are rapturous; note the bassoon solo deeper into Dies Irae. Passages that usually sound ordinary jump out with resounding novelty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Druid47 on August 20, 2013
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
This performance has stood the test of time, and shows wear for today's pristine digital audio, but this is as real as it gets. The soloists, chorus, and orchestra are superb, with the emotion only Toscanini can pull from the ensemble. Give it a listen - you won't be sorry!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. S. CROWE on November 11, 2014
Format: Audio CD
At the time of posting there are several reviews of other recordings wrongly appended by amazon to this one. This IS a review of the Verdi Requiem by Jansons and the BRSO on br klassik released in November 2014!

This is a work that divides listeners and interpreters alike-a liturgical work composed by an avowed non-believer who was THE great dramatic opera composer immediately poses the question of whether the work should be approached reverentially or with passion and drama, and of course both approaches are fully justified.

The ideal situation is to balance both carefully and weld them into one mighty edifice, and this is what this recording does better than version in recent years.
Recorded live in October 2013 in the superb and dynamic acoustic of the Philharmonie in Gasteig, the name of Wilhelm Meister as recording producer is a guarantee of superb recorded sound, and the participation of Jansons and the BRSO guarantees exquisite playing- and so it proves.

The dynamic range is very wide indeed, with hushed passages REALLY hushed and the opposite for the speaker challenging climaxes-the brass drum thwacks in the Dies Irae could serve as hammer blows in Mahler 6! The playing is as ever beautifully polished, though some may feel that there is a lack of vulgar rasp in the Italianate style from the heavy brass in the Sanctus, but I love the burnished tones of the BRSO.
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