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Berlioz: Requiem; Te Deum Import

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Colin Davis's Berlioz cycle for Philips was a highly acclaimed, if not ambitious achievement forty years ago and many of his performances- including the Requiem and Te Deum here- remain the reference to which all others have since aspired. His soloists are all remarkably good (especially tenor Franco Tagliavini in the Te Deum) and the Wandsworth School Boys Choir simply sing their hearts out. Davis tends to downplay the usual theatrics most conductors pepper their readings with though his restraint pays off famously with one of the most highly dramatic, emotionally charged interpretations ever recorded. With Philip's 96 kHz 24-BIT remastered transfers as well, this glorious production sounds better than ever.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Requiem (Grande Messe Des Morts): I. Requiem Et Kyrie (Introitus) - Wandsworth School Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/Arthur Oldham
  2. Requiem (Grande Messe Des Morts): II. Dies Irae (Prosa) - Wandsworth School Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/Arthur Oldham
  3. Requiem (Grande Messe Des Morts): III. Quid Sum Miser - Wandsworth School Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/Arthur Oldham
  4. Requiem (Grande Messe Des Morts): IV. Rex Tremendae - Wandsworth School Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/Arthur Oldham
  5. Requiem (Grande Messe Des Morts): V. Quaerens Me - Wandsworth School Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/Arthur Oldham
  6. Requiem (Grande Messe Des Morts): VI. Lacrymosa - Wandsworth School Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/Arthur Oldham
  7. Requiem (Grande Messe Des Morts): VII. Offertorium - Wandsworth School Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/Arthur Oldham
  8. Requiem (Grande Messe Des Morts): VIII. Hostias - Wandsworth School Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/Arthur Oldham

Disc: 2

  1. Requiem (Grande Messe Des Morts): IX. Sanctus - Ronald Dowd/Wandsworth School Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/Arthur Oldham
  2. Requiem (Grande Messe Des Morts): X. Agnus Dei - Wandsworth School Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/Arthur Oldham
  3. Te Deum: I. Te Deum - Nicolas Kyanaston/Wandsworth Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/John Alldis
  4. Te Deum: II. Tibi Omnes - Nicolas Kyanaston/Wandsworth Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/John Alldis
  5. Te Deum: III. Dignare - Nicolas Kyanaston/Wandsworth Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/John Alldis
  6. Te Deum: IV. Christe, Rex Gloriae - Nicolas Kyanaston/Wandsworth Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/John Alldis
  7. Te Deum: V. Te Ergo Quaesumus - Franco Tagliavini/Nicolas Kyanaston/Wandsworth Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor...
  8. Te Deum: VI. Judex Crederis - Nicolas Kyanaston/Wandsworth Boys' Chor/Russell Burgess/London Sym Chor/John Alldis


Product Details

  • Performer: Nicholas Kynaston, Ronald Dowd, Franco Tagliavini, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Composer: Hector Berlioz
  • Audio CD (April 30, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00005IB56
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Lane on April 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Since there is no cover picture or description, I will enlighten you that this release is part of the well engineered Philips 50 series, featuring some of the best recordings made by Philips (formerly Phonogram) in its history. Not all of the releases, this one included, were made available in the USA. But Amazon has been gracious to feature it as a special import.
The first CD version is still available (Amazon asin # B00000E34S, more reviews there).
And special it is. The recordings come from the Colin Davis Berlioz cycle form the the 1970s. And they are some of the best of that cycle at that.
The Requiem is brilliant. Without detracting from the obvious spectacle you get with such a large contingent of musicians, Davis never gets lost in the massiveness of the piece. Berlioz composition is both Grand (the full title is "Grande Messe des morts", or "Grand Mass for the Dead") and sublime, and Davis captures the sublime elements as few other conductors have ever done. The choruses (the London Symphony Chorus and the Wandsworth School Boys Choir) work together well, and the soloists are very fine.
The TE Deum is also given a memorable rendition by the LSO and Davis.
Sound is ever so important with a work as large as the Berlioz Requiem, and the Philips engineers, both the original recording engineers and the digital remastering engineers, deserve the bulk of the credit for this presentation. with such massive forces, engineers are challenged to give full efect to the sections that feature all of the forces and yet still capture the quite sections in a manner that makes them equally enjoyable in the home.
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I'm sympathetic to the glowing review given below. I've lived with Colin Davis's classic Berlioz Requiem, so it was great to learn that there was a new remastering. Alas, the original tape source must not be in very good shape. The "Philips 50" series didn't do great things with Davis's Messiah, and the same holds ture here: climaxes still curnch, brass outbursts sting the ear, and the soundstage is boxy and restricted.

I'd go so far as to say that later Berlioz Requiems with great sound--from Levine, Shaw, and Ozawa--are so much more listenable that the Davis set is outdated. I don't know what kind of audio system anyone else has, but mine reveals major sonic improvements on many reissues, just not this one.
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I became attracted to this recording upon viewing the film, "The Tree of Life" a couple of months ago. The film credits list this recording. I can see why this particular recording was used. The film closes with the Agnus Dei. Somehow the reverential and penitential feeling of this section is reinforced in the closing scene of reconciliation, reuniting and forgiveness in a family that had become estranged. Sir Colin Davis does not treat this as a "theatre" piece which could be said Of Verdi's Requiem. It has a spacious cathedral feel throughtout. The same could be said for the "Te Deum".
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