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Dvorák: Requiem; Rossini: Stabat Mater

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, February 2013
Robust, colourful performances. Not the last word in subtlety, perhaps, but boasting fine analogue Decca engineering and some outstanding soloists.

Gramophone Magazine (Dvorßk)
Lorengar's singing is particularly sensitive and appealing in the quieter passages ... The four soloists combine beautifully in the quartet "Recordare, Jesu pie", and the chorus with them in "Pie Jesu, Domine", perhaps the loveliest movement in the work ... The hero of the occasion is KertTsz. He gets choral singing and orchestral playing of the finest quality from the Ambrosian Singers and the London Symphony Orchestra. It is abundantly evident that he cherishes a great love for this work ... tremendous vitality and care for balance ... The big climaxes are thrilling and altogether Kertesz and his forces make one revise one's qualified view of the work to a very large extent. This is certainly the finest performance of it that I have ever heard.

Gramophone Magazine (Rossini)
[Lorengar] is attractive in all she does, and phrases with delicacy ... Minton moves surely through the octave-and-a-fifth leaps, the octave-and-a-fifth arpeggios, of "Fac ut portem" ... Pavarotti always delights me with the ease and naturalness of his singing, and his pure vowels; his solo in the first number is outstanding. In the celebrated "Cuius animam" he rings out splendidly ... Sotin has a voice of firm focus and beautiful timbre.



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