This first recording by the 32-voice Philadelphia Singers, conducted by David Hayes, is not only technically superb but exceptionally warm and passionate; the singers, who are now Resident Chorus of the Philadelphia Orchestra, know both the music and the words, and claim to have given the first-ever live performances of the Requiem by a professional chorus.
The recorded sound is very good indeed, and the complete texts laid out carefully to distinguish between the words of the two choirsRead more is printed in the booklet along with Vreeman’s informative essay on the music. This recording is a musically worthy representation of a score that certainly does not deserve the total lack of recognition it has achieved thus far in its existence. Nor does Randall Thompson, whose music deserves much more than the somewhat patronizing recognition that is all most European critics seem willing to accord it.
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Works on This Recording
Requiemby Randall Thompson Conductor:
Period: 20th Century Written: 1958; USA
Featured Sound Samples
Requiem, Pt. 1 "Lamentations"
Requiem, Pt. 2 "The Triumph of Faith": Why Make Ye This Ado?
Requiem, Pt. 2 "The Triumph of Faith": What Man Is He?