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Berlioz: Requiem / Munch, Simoneau, Bso

Release Date: 01/25/2005 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 66373   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony OrchestraNew England Conservatory Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

SACD technology removes the last barrier to experiencing the full sonic impact of this magnificent Berlioz Requiem recording. The sound emerges with a new clarity and spatial definition, which provides a vivid sense of Boston's Symphony Hall and works to great effect in the massive Tuba mirum, where you can pinpoint brass, percussion, and male and female choirs. It's also notable in the quieter sections, especially the Agnus Dei with its strange interplay of low brass, winds, and choir. There's still some slight distortion in the loudest choral passages, but not so much that it's distracting (a lot of it sounds like hall reverb).
Read more /> Charles Munch's interpretation is unparalleled in its beauty and intensity, with extraordinary playing by the Boston Symphony and top-notch singing by the New England Conservatory Chorus. This is a performance that holds your attention from first note to last--a rare feat in this work. (Munch's later Deutsche Grammophon effort pales by comparison, both sonically and interpretively.) If you want this Berlioz Requiem (and you do), SACD is the way to hear it.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Grande messe des morts, Op. 5 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; France 
Date of Recording: 4/1959 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Hall, Boston 

Sound Samples

Requiem et Kyrie (2004 SACD Remastered)
Dies irae (2004 SACD Remastered)
Quid sum miser (2004 SACD Remastered)
Rex tremendae (2004 SACD Remastered)
Quaerens me (2004 SACD Remastered)
Lacrymosa (2004 SACD Remastered)
Offertorium (2004 SACD Remastered)
Hostias (2004 SACD Remastered)
Sanctus (2004 SACD Remastered)
Agnus Dei (2004 SACD Remastered)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 A historic performance May 2, 2013 By John McCormick (DELAWARE, OH) See All My Reviews "There are several excellent recordings of Berlioz' Requiem, but this one is special. As we all know, Charles Munch was unique in his remarkable identification with the music of Berlioz and as far as I'm concerned, this is a recording that anyone who loves the music of this composer cannot be without." Report Abuse
 My favotite composition, by anyone. February 14, 2013 By A. Barak (New Auburn, WI) See All My Reviews "The Roell review says it all. Absolutely stunning. Further, I have yet to hear a "bad" version. The music itself overcomes trivial complaints. I do have Ormandy on vinyl, Levine on CD, Dutoit on CD. Also superb. This is more than just music, emotionally, spiritually, musically, sonically, just get it, and NOW!" Report Abuse
 This is the Best Recording! November 13, 2012 By Olive A. (Yonkers, NY) See All My Reviews "The Charles Munch recording of the Berlioz Requiem is the best of all that I've listened to. Munch's conducting is superb, as always. Simoneau's "Sanctus" is the ultimate rendition, and surpasses that of even the great tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. It is pure and soaring and does not quaver and sentimentalize. I first heard this recording on the old LP's, and when I tried to procure the CD, it was sold out. I'm so glad that Arkiv Music has it among its collection." Report Abuse
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