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Verdi: Requiem & Operatic Choruses


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listen  1. Verdi: Requiem: I. Requiem & Kyrie 9:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Verdi: Requiem: II. Dies irae36:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Verdi: Requiem: III. Offertory10:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Verdi: Requiem: IV. Sanctus 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Verdi: Requiem: V. Agnus Dei 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Verdi: Requiem: VI. Lux aeterna 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Verdi: Requiem: VII. Libera me14:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Verdi: Spuntato ecco from Don Carlos 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Verdi: Patria oppressa! (Chorus of Scottish Refugees) from Macbeth 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Verdi: Fuoco di gioia from Otello 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Verdi: "Va, pensiero" (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Verdi: Gloria all'Egitto from Aida 9:42$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Susan Dunn, Diane Curry, Jerry Hadley, Paul Plishka
  • Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Robert Shaw
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CUH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Robert Shaw learned from Arturo Toscanini, and in his stupendous 1987 recording for Telarc he managed to surpass the master on some points. He is unerring in his pacing and staging of climaxes, and draws phrasing and dynamics from the chorus that other conductors can only dream of. Points are made with exhilarating effect throughout the account: never has the bass drum in the Dies irae been as splendidly hammered as here, and the whooping brass in the Tuba mirum is breathtaking. The all-American solo quartet sounds a bit driven, especially the light-voiced Susan Dunn and Jerry Hadley, but their contribution is a strong one nonetheless. --Ted Libbey

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And Diane Curry, Jerry Hadley and Paul Plishka are equally excellent.
Bob Zeidler
So here we have an operatic requiem written by one of history's greatest opera composers, conducted by one of history's greatest choral conductors.
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What adds to this perfomance is the quality of the manufacturer's transfer.
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Bob Zeidler on May 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
How could I possibly top the splendid review by Dominic Grant below? And his later graceful apology for a mere typo? Well, I just cannot. But I'd like to share my own thoughts, anyway.

With all the flap over the recently released Gergiev recording of the Verdi Requiem on Philips, with its unfortunate choice of Andrea Bocelli - a pop singer masquerading as an operatic singer - as tenor soloist, it is once again - and always - a pleasure to turn to a truly definitive recorded performance, that of Robert Shaw. As points of reference whenever I turn to this performance, I always have in mind earlier recordings by Giulini and Solti, among others. (I include a truly visceral one by Karel Ancerl and the Czech Philharmonic, featuring Galina Vishnevskaya with a "Libera me" to die for, and the type of Slavic excitement that Gergiev tries for but fails.)

Verdi's Requiem is, without doubt, the most operatic of such works as have become part of the liturgical canon. But it doesn't necessarily follow from this that the best recordings are the ones which utilize operatic superstars. Were that the case, Solti's recording, with Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti and Martti Talvela, would be unchallenged (particularly when one throws in the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as the typically excellent mid-60's sound that Decca was so good at). But, true to form, Solti just couldn't find the proper sensitivity and balance to make his performance the definitive one.

Shaw does what Solti could not do. In a work that requires efforts of equal quality by orchestra, soloists and chorus, there simply is no better chorus than a Shaw chorus. Shaw's four soloists, while perhaps not of the marquee value of the ones on the Solti recording, are outstanding.
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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful By "quia-nihil-sum" on June 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For me this has always been the benchmark recording of Verdi's immortal setting of the Requiem mass,against which I have judged all others that have arrived to challenge it in the 13 years since it was first issued.However,not one has even come close to dislodging it from that lofty pinnacle upon which it has dwelt in splendid isolation for so long now. It is the finest memorial that the late great Robert Shaw could possibly have and it just goes to show what a wonderful conductor and choir-master the world has lost in him.
The breathless anticipatory hush before the first pianissimo chords of the introit is a unique feature of this masterpiece,and the ASO manage this so well that we almost feel the music in our subconscious before actually picking anything up with our ears!A word of warning though:you will be tempted to crank up the volume on your amplifier during this bit,and the lovely Kyrie that follows, but resist the temptation,because the "Dies irae" which ensues with it's astonishing explosive detonations on the bass drum will not only damage your speakers,it may even cause structural damage to your house!
So once the initial storms have died away,and you have rounded up any pets that were panicked into a stampede,you can settle down to some truly glorious music-making.
The splendid Tuba mirum really shows just how wide-ranging the Telarc recording is,and I would dare to bet that Gabriel himself will be asking the members of the brass section for some pointers on how to go about sounding that last trumpet!
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By David A. Albro on September 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have had this CD for several years now and I listen to it more than any other CD. When I make tapes of my favorite opera music for friends, I most definetely include an exerpt of Susan Dunn's sublime soprano. Once I heard this amazing voice, particularly in the 'Libera me', I ran to the store to get another recording of Susan Dunn. Unfortunately there were none there and the only one I could order was a recording of a Schoenberg Requiem, no thank you. This recording is also where I first met Jerry Hadley and fell in love with the Verdi's 'Ingemisco'. The one facet that brings the whole work together, however, is the chorus and orchestra under the control of the late great Robert Shaw. The choir, perfectly blended, creates heavenly pianios followed by the majestic sound of the orchestra in the opening 'Requiem eternam'. Just hearing that section takes me instantly out of myself into a humble awe, something more than the emotional effect of beautiful music. I hope you become a personal friend of this once and never again recording.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Although there are hundreds of recordings of this piece, none comes close to the vocal clarity and warmth, and the masterful pacing, of this one. Shaw is at top form here, with a remarkably incisive dramatic reading, and the soloists are top-notch as well. There's no better recording of this best-in-the-world chorus, and Shaw even manages to get some vivid playing out of the pre-Levi ASO. No other recording captures the terror, warmth, or effusive "humanity" of this work at such a sustained and convincing a level. Shaw's work with Toscanini is clearly evident here, and the unrivaled sound of the Atlanta chorus is unbelievably rich.
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