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Verdi: Requiem, Te Deum / Toscanini, Nelli, Merriman, McGrath, Scott, NBC SO, et al

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Sacred Pieces (4), for chorus & orchestra
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>Sound, Recorded : Applause
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This 1948 version is almost completely without mishap. Indeed, there is ample reason to consider it the finest of the Maestro's achievements with this monumental Masterpiece [the Requiem]. The pacing resembles that of the November 23rd, 1940 performance in its nobility and unhurried breadth. A few sections of the Dies Irae are a shade tauter, less rhetorical and more flowing. Happily, there is nary a trace of that "late-Toscanini" impatience so characteristic of the 1950 La Scala and 1951 NBC Requiems.

Harris Goldsmith writes in his note: "This 1948 version is almost completely without mishap. Indeed, there is ample reason to consider it the finest of the Maestro's achievements with this monumental Masterpiece [the Requiem]. The pacing resembles that of the November 23rd, 1940 performance in its nobility and unhurried breadth.



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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Sacred Pieces (4), for chorus & orchestra :: no 4. Te Deum
  • Performers: William McGrath (Tenor); Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano); Herva Nelli (Soprano); Norman Scott (Bass)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1889-1897

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
  • Performers: William McGrath (Tenor); Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano); Herva Nelli (Soprano); Norman Scott (Bass)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 29 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
  • Performers: William McGrath (Tenor); Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano); Herva Nelli (Soprano); Norman Scott (Bass)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Medieval