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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).
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
Works on This Recording
Grande messe des morts, Op. 5 by Hector Berlioz
Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Boston Symphony Orchestra,
New England Conservatory Chorus
Written: 1837; France
Date of Recording: 4/1959
Venue: Live Symphony Hall, Boston
Average Customer Review: ( 5 Customer Reviews )
A Heavenly Requiem October 31, 2016
By owen ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews
"This is a performance that will transport you out of space and time into another dimension. Simply marvelous. Penguin Guide stated that ''Munch's Boston version in someways has still not been surpassed. This new transfer is in the demonstrstion bracket.'' For more details see the customer review by William Roell. This SACD may not be available much longer since Sony is no longer producing these RCA Living Stereo recordings. Strongly recommended."
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."
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!"