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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis; Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem; Verdi: Messa Da Requiem

Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 663202  
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsLudwig van BeethovenGiuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Janet WilliamsThomas HampsonTina KibergWaltraud Meier,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Daniel Barenboim was named music director designate of the CSO in January 1989, and he assumed leadership as the Orchestra’s ninth music director in September 1991, a position he held until June 2006. His music directorship was distinguished by the opening of Chicago’s new Symphony Center in 1997, highly praised operatic productions at Orchestra Hall, numerous virtuoso appearances with the Orchestra in the dual role of pianist and conductor, twenty-one international tours (including the first to South America) and an ongoing series of composer perspectives woven into the Orchestra’s subscription concerts as well as numerous recordings.

Verdi: Requiem

The best things about this Verdi Requiem are the
Read more Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Daniel Barenboim's exciting interpretation, and the male soloists, in that order. In fact, were it not for the women, this would be one of the best modern versions around. Alessandra Marc has an intrinsically lovely voice, but either her technique is defective or she's simply too lazy to articulate a phrase without scooping between the notes. Waltraud Meier, on the other hand, has an intrinsically strange voice, and she spits out one note at a time without ever connecting them into a continuous line of melody. The result, when the two ladies sing their famous unison opening of the Agnus Dei, sounds like some weird crooning accompanied by a toneless, robotic facsimile of itself an octave lower.

Still, there's a wonderfully atmospheric opening, smashing Dies irae, sparklingly fast Sanctus, and Marc all by herself is pretty good in the Libera me (a little scooping is arguably appropriate here). Placido Domingo and Ferrucio Furlanetto uphold their end of the bargain nicely. It may not be Reiner, Solti I, Giulini, or Gardiner, but it's pretty fine nonetheless, very well recorded, and certainly worth the modest asking price in this reissue.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

German Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Janet Williams (Soprano), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1868; Austria 
Venue:  Live  Orchestra Hall, Chicago 
Language: German 
Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Tina Kiberg (Soprano), Waltraud Meier (Mezzo Soprano), John Aler (Tenor),
Robert Holl (Bass), Samuel Magad (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Live  Chicago Orchestra Hall 
Length: 144 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alessandra Marc (Soprano), Waltraud Meier (Mezzo Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Language: Latin 

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