Notes and Editorial Reviews
Like the recent Solti/Decca La damnation de Faust, this Berlioz recording is an amazingly vivid aural experience, one of extraordinarily wide dynamic range, 'of demonstration standard' as they used to say. In that respect it surpasses the 13-year-old Davis/Philips disc by a considerable margin, although as I hope to indicate all is not gain even in sonic terms... As one moves to the "Tibi omnes" hymn, one begins to notice Abbado's preference for a softer attack, less incisive rhythms, but the big climax is tremendous... The "Dignare" prayer is grave and solemn in the Abbado version...
In "Christe, rex gloriae," another hymn, Abbado catches the majesty of the contrapuntal writing... Here the more
spacious DG recording tells. Abbado also scores in movement five. Araiza, the "heroic-sounding young lyric tenor" as RO rightly describes him, has to my mind the most sheerly beautiful voice in his range that I have heard for years, and he sings here with feeeling, grace and a pure line...
...The European Youth Orchestra, which Abbado has done so much to foster, does its mentor proud both in detail and tutti... I think anyone new to the work will want the superior sound of the new version, and they will not be disappointed by Abbado's grand vision of a grand work...
-- Gramophone [7/1982]
reviewing the original LP release
Works on This Recording
Te Deum, Op. 22 by Hector Berlioz
Francisco Araiza (Tenor)
European Community Youth Orchestra,
London Philharmonic Choir
Written: 1849; France
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