Berlioz: Requiem

Berlioz: Requiem

by Robert Spano
     
 

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Back in 1984, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus proved they were up to the awesome requirements of Berlioz's Requiem in a sonically spectacular Telarc recording under Robert Shaw. That disc, recently reissued at midprice, gave audiophiles a chance to show off their new CD players. But now,See more details below

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Back in 1984, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus proved they were up to the awesome requirements of Berlioz's Requiem in a sonically spectacular Telarc recording under Robert Shaw. That disc, recently reissued at midprice, gave audiophiles a chance to show off their new CD players. But now, Telarc has gone back to Atlanta to re-record the Requiem, which, with its antiphonally placed brass choirs, happens to be ideally suited to the SACD/surround-sound format. And even if you don't have a surround setup or super-audio capability yet, the regular two-channel version still sounds stunning -- it's not as heavy-hitting as some, but the sense of acoustic spaciousness and the warm clarity created by Telarc's engineers are truly to be marveled at. As for the performance, it's tauter than Shaw's and more atmospheric. Indeed, for all its size, the vast majority of this work is contemplative in mood, and in Robert Spano's hands, the quiet passages float like musical incense in a luminous spiritual haze.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Roger Nichols
The brass fanfares here blow your socks off.... The orchestral playing is first-rate and the choral tuning impeccable.
Time Out New York - Marion Lignana Rosenberg
The overall impression conveyed by this lovely recording is of a stately, serene work, closer in spirit to the Fauré Requiem than to Verdi's bleak treatment of the rite.... The magnificent work of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus's men...is captured to stunning effect by Telarc's uncommonly clear, detailed recording.
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Pierre Ruhe
It's the ASO music director's finest recording to date, and it's one of the best for the orchestra and chorus since the heyday of Robert Shaw.... Here the chords slash with maniacal intensity, the brass blares with an evil glint, the moods shift with acute precision. Spano's tempos are swift enough that the entire work fits on a single CD. [Grade: A]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408062728
catalogNumber:
80627
Rank:
300395

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  1. Requiem (Grande Messe des morts), for tenor, chorus, & orchestra, H. 75 (Op. 5)  - Hector Berlioz  -  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Nick Jones  - Frank Lopardo  - Norman MacKenzie  - Robert Spano  - Rogier Van der Weyden  -  Atlanta Symphony Chorus

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