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Dvorak: Requiem

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Requiem for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra, B. 165 (Op. 89)
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Never performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra before, and rarely heard in concert at all, the 'Requiem' by Dvorak captured on this CD from a live concert seems a near-forgotten masterpiece. Dvorak scholar Gervase Hughes cites this work for four soloists, chorus and orchestra as one of the composer's finest sacred creations, 'a deeply moving expression of faith on the part of a composer whose religious conviction never wavered'. It's a conviction stamped through the composer's illuminating, fervent score.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (02/07/2009).


Powerful Stuff!
What starts off quietly rapidly turns into a big powerful sound, and a glorious fire and brimstone trip it is! If “Dies Irae” as performed here doesn’t make you go WOW, then you’re just not paying attention. And that’s just one of many sections of this piece that have that effect. The “Offertory: Domaine Jesu Christe” is magnificent, and features some exceptionally fine timpani work from the LPO. The London Philharmonic plays with all of the precise warmth that you expect from them, and boy do they demonstrate the wide dynamic range that can be captured on the CD medium. The chorus is grand and powerful, and the individual singers each turn in top-notch performances. Peter Auty’s tenor is strong but not strained, and Karen Cargill (mezzo soprano) also fits well here. Lisa Milne’s soprano is clear without being shrill, and Peter Rose’s bass is strong with conviction. Kudos to Neeme Jarvi (conductor) for keeping everything in balance and not going overboard in any one area of the piece. It is truly a shame that this piece is rarely performed in the concert hall, because it is most definitely an impact piece, showing off both the power of a Symphony Orchestra as well as a Chorus. This Requiem is a testament to Dvorak’s faith, and by the sounds of things it was rock solid. This is not a CD that you can turn on softly in the background. Rather, kick back in a comfortable chair and turn the knob on the stereo to 11. Awesome.
Submitted on 09/07/10 by KlingonOpera 
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>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Requiem for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra, B. 165 (Op. 89)
  • Performers: Peter Auty (Tenor); Karen Cargill (Mezzo Soprano); Lisa Milne (Soprano); Peter Rose
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/01/1890-10/31/1890.
  • Running Time: 82 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral