Fauré: Requiem; Verdi: Four Sacred Pieces

Fauré: Requiem; Verdi: Four Sacred Pieces

by Carlo Maria Giulini
     
 

Recorded in dim, dull, and distant monaural sound, this concert, from April 30, 1962, by Carlo Maria Giulini and the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus with soprano Janet Baker and baritone Gèrard Souzay, nevertheless deserves to be heard. Fauré's "Requiem" and Verdi'sSee more details below

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Recorded in dim, dull, and distant monaural sound, this concert, from April 30, 1962, by Carlo Maria Giulini and the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus with soprano Janet Baker and baritone Gèrard Souzay, nevertheless deserves to be heard. Fauré's "Requiem" and Verdi's "Quattro pezzi sacri" are among the finest and surely among the sincerest pieces of late nineteenth century Catholic sacred music, and they are treated here to performances that not only fulfill their loftiest ambitions but wholly transcend their aged sound. Usually a highly dramatic and deeply expressive conductor, Giulini is here an entirely personal, even emotionally intimate, conductor. In his hands, Fauré's consoling "Requiem" is wonderfully comforting and Verdi's a cappella Ave Maria is simply sublime. Part of the credit should go to Baker for her ardent Pie Jesu and to Souzay for his magisterial Libera me. And undoubtedly part of the credit should go to the Philharmonia Chorus, which, thanks to music director Wilhelm Pitz, produces the kind of warm, brilliantly polished tone the music and conductor demand. Thus, though the sound on this BBC disc is antique, the performances could justly be called timeless.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
Label:
Bbc Legends
UPC:
0684911422122
catalogNumber:
4221

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  1. Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48  - Gabriel Fauré  - Carlo Maria Giulini  - Janet Baker  - John Patrick  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Wilhelm Pitz  - Gérard Souzay
  2. Sacred Pieces (4), for chorus & orchestra (Quattro pezzi sacri)  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Carlo Maria Giulini  - Janet Baker  - John Patrick  -  Philharmonia Chorus  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Wilhelm Pitz

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