Sir Colin Davis is a revered Berlioz expert and his LSO live Berlioz recordings have been one of the most widely acclaimed series’ of classical recordings of recent years and collected numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards for Les Troyens. The release of the monumental Grande Messe des morts marks the completion of this cycle and further confirms Sir Colin’s status as one of the greatest living conductors of Berlioz’s music.
Recorded in St Paul’s Cathedral, a fitting acoustic for the work, the London Symphony Orchestra are joined by English lyric tenor Barry Banks and two of London’s finest choirs, the London Symphony Chorus and London Philharmonic Choir.
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Recording of theRead more Month ‘This, his last-ever Berlioz recording, demonstrates yet again his unique empathy with and understanding of Berlioz’s music as well as his authority in conducting it.’ Music Web International (UK)
‘This is an essential purchase – a first-rate reading of a religious work that combines both entertainment value and spiritual uplift.’ The Arts Desk (UK)
‘… the interpretation is masterly by a man who knows Berlioz perhaps better than any other conductor in the world. Everything about it is judged as just right, and Davis is one of the few who consistently realizes that the lyrical propensities of the composer are as important—especially in this work—as the more grandiose and bombastic passages. As an interpretation this is as good as it gets, the equal of any recording on the market’ Audiophile Audition (US) Read less
Works on This Recording
Grande messe des morts, Op. 5by Hector Berlioz
Barry Banks (Tenor)
Sir Colin Davis
London Philharmonic Orchestra,
London Symphony Chorus,
London Philharmonic Choir
Period: Romantic Written: 1837; France
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Not quite there.April 11, 2013By Carol L. (Concord, CA)See All My Reviews"Love Berlioz, and love Sir Colin, but this one time the two do not mix well. As always, the problem is tempo. The timing and tempo Davis enforces in this recording is seriously too slow. Compromises the piece badly, at least for me."Report Abuse