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Verdi: Requiem / Kaufmann, Garanca, Harteros, Pape, Barenboim, La Scala [blu-ray]

Verdi / Barenboim / Kaufmann / Garanca
Release Date: 09/03/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001894459  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  René PapeElina GarancaJonas KaufmannAnja Harteros
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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A Verdi Requiem with a dream line-up of soloists and the forces of La Scala, Milan, directed by one of the greatest maestros of our time.

"If you were to devise a dream casting for this most theatrical of sacred masterpieces you might well come up with Anja Harteros, Elina Garanca, Jonas Kaufmann and Rene Pape, plus the Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, under their current maestro, Daniel Barenboim... I was blown away by this Requiem... Kaufmann’s first entry was like an erupting
Read more volcano. Garanca was as mesmerising, floating creamy legatos while mustering a thrilling chest voice that I never thought she possessed. Harteros, looking like a distressed pre-Raphaelite beauty, turned the final movement into the most sublime death scene never to appear in an opera. And that incredible chorus, with their barrel-voiced basses and wonderfully hammy rolled consonants and gasped aspirates, hurled out the apocalyptic moments as if determined to blast the roof off.” - The Times

• Preceding acclaimed performances at the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals, Barenboim and his magnificent partners recorded this masterpiece around a live performance at La Scala, Milan, in 2012.

• A superb quartet of soloists – Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Elina Garanca and Rene Pape – stamp their authority on this terrific performance.

• This marks the first audio recording by Barenboim in his role as La Scala’s Music Director.

• “Even without a fully Italianate instrument, Kaufmann’s honeyed, warm tone makes him exceptional in Verdi... Kaufmann’s refined artistry shows that even without the leather-lunged Verdians of half a century ago, today’s stars can stake their claim on the composer.” (The Telegraph)
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Works on This Recording

Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  René Pape (Bass), Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor),
Anja Harteros (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 

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 NEW - VERDI REQUIEM - SPECTACULAR ! September 23, 2013 By Luke Bryant (Oakleigh South, Victoria) See All My Reviews "A brilliant team of soloists, choir and orchestra, here present a stunning Verdi Requiem, passionately directed by Deniel Barenboim in La Scala, Milan. This powerful, theatrical masterpiece was recorded in 2012 - and on Blue-ray - with high definition picture and surround sound, all you need do is just adjust the volume to bring the roof down, sit back and wallow in one of the most magnificent performances you could ever ask to see or hear. Luke Bryant." Report Abuse
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