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Toscanini Collection Vol 63 - Verdi: Requiem, Te Deum

Toscanini
Release Date: 03/10/2011 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 60299   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Herva NelliFedora BarbieriGiuseppe Di StefanoCesare Siepi,   ... 
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw ChoraleNBC Symphony OrchestraWestminster Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As with Falstaff Toscanini is notable for performing what is there, insisting that detail, often overlooked, should be observed. Maintenance of a basic pulse within which there could be necessary ritardandos and accelerandos was the basis of Toscanini's approach. All interpretative points were at the service of what was to this conductor a deep spiritual experience, by turns incandescent and beseeching all adding up to a great spiritual and emotional experience, again helped here by being taken from a live occasion. Examples of Toscanini's authority and belief abound – the terrifying intensity of the Dies irae, the turmoil of "Confutatis", the expressive cellos introducing the Read more Offertorio, the lightness of the strings at "Plent sunt coeli" in the Sanctus, the ethereal texture throughout the Lux aeterna, the exactness and raising of tension in the Libera me fugue. Nowhere in this performance, as in so many recent ones, does one question a tempo or indeed find anything that calls attention to the conductor rather than to Verdi. In that respect it matches and often surpasses those conducted by Serafin (EMI – reviewed on page 2074), Fricsay (DG) and Giulini (EMI), now all on CD.

-- Gramophone [5/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quattro pezzi sacri: Te Deum by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/14/54 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York 
2.
Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Herva Nelli (Soprano), Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor),
Cesare Siepi (Bass)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/27/1951 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York 
3.
Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Choir,  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/31/1943 
4.
Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jan Peerce (Tenor)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/25/1943 
5.
Hymn of the Nations by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jan Peerce (Tenor)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Choir,  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1943 

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