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Karajan Gold - Verdi: Requiem / Tomowa-Sintow, Baltsa, Carreras, Van Dam


Release Date: 09/01/1995 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 439033   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Anna Tomowa-SintowAgnes BaltsaJosé CarrerasJosé Van Dam
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic OrchestraSofia National Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Karajan recording, dating from 1984, is considerably more successful than the same conductor’s earlier version of the Requiem, although his female soloists then (Mirella Freni and Christa Ludwig) were superb. Here Karajan offers a more dramatic reading, and the Vienna PO responds with playing of a more Italianate style. The combined Vienna and Sofia choirs, superbly disciplined throughout, are exciting in the Dies irae, and the soloists are well matched, with José Carreras affecting and Anna Tomowa-Sintow singing most beautifully, especially in the Libera me. My first choice of recording would still be Giulini (with the bonus of the Four Sacred Pieces), but Karajan’s is a most convincing account of Verdi’s magnificent score. Read more />
-- Charles Osborne, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Anna Tomowa-Sintow (Soprano), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano), José Carreras (Tenor),
José Van Dam (Bass)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Sofia National Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1984 
Venue:  Large Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 86 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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