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Verdi: Requiem, Quattro Pezzi Sacri / Solti, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra And Chorus

Release Date: 10/10/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000710602   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandLuciano PavarottiMartti TalvelaMarilyn Horne,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

VERDI Requiem. 1 4 pezzi sacri 2 Georg Solti, cond; Joan Sutherland (sop); 1 Marilyn Horne (mez); 1 Luciano Pavarotti (ten); 1 Martti Talvela (bs); 1 Vienna PO; 1 Vienna St Op Ch; 1 Read more class="ARIAL12">Chicago SO & Ch (Margaret Hillis, dir) 2 DECCA 475 7735 (2 CDs: 122:46)

The Requiem was recorded in 1967 and was considered a sonic blockbuster when first released nearly four decades ago. Hearing it in this superb transfer dims none of that original impact, the sound still proving uncommonly arresting. So, too, the performance, which in many respects reflects Toscanini’s whom Solti worked with in Vienna in 1937. If the soloists are not uniformly impressive, they nonetheless do not detract from what is essentially one of Solti’s more impressive studio ventures. The Quattro pezzi sacri , recorded in 1977, provide a welcome filler for the second of these two discs. Composed in 1898, they comprise Verdi’s last published works. Among them, the “Te Deum” is probably best known, in part because of Toscanini’s 1954 broadcast performance, which is still available from RCA. Here, the Toscanini influence is less evident, as Solti’s reading lacks some of the sustained breadth and intensity that the Maestro brought to the work. Still, it is impressive on its own terms, as is the chorus trained by Margaret Hillis. In short, these are welcome reissues.

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Works on This Recording

Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Martti Talvela (Bass),
Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1967 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 84 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Quattro pezzi sacri by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jo Ann Pickens (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Written: pub 1898 
Date of Recording: 10/1967 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 38 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Customer Reviews

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 Superb Performance March 8, 2018 By Philip Rich (Albany, NY) See All My Reviews "I recently bought the recording of the Manzoni Requiem with Joan Sutherland and others conducted by Sir George Solti. I like beautiful vocalism and this recording has it all. While I would have preferred Nicolai Ghiaurov for the bass, Tavella is expressive enough. I first heard this recording in 1967, and I was ecstatic. I heard pure bel canto unlike any other recording of this work. Please know though, there are many fine recordings. the Quatro Pezzi Sacri was superb; I actually thought I heard the senser for the incense rising in the Te Deum." Report Abuse
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