Notes & Reviews:
A Verdi Requiem with a dream line-up of soloists and the forces of La Scala, Milan, directed by one of the greatest maestros of our time.
Preceding acclaimed performances at the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals, Barenboim and his magnificent partners recorded this masterpiece around a live performance at La Scala, Milan, in 2012.
A superb quartet of soloists - Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Elina Garanca and René Pape - stamp their authority on this terrific performance.
This marks the first audio recording by Barenboim in his role as La Scala's Music Director.
Sunday Times, 22nd September 2013
An optimum line-up of soloists for our time...Garanca's lush mezzo sounds like an Amneris in waiting in the Lux aeterna; Pape is a rock in the bass soloist's pronouncements...I wouldn't want to be without Kaufmann's searing Ingemisco and moving, introverted Hostias...
The Guardian, 10th October 2013
It's a thoughtful, considered interpretation that places the emphasis not so much on the terrors of divine judgment as on mankind's suffering in the face of the unknown...the end result makes up in compassion for what it sometimes lacks in visceral excitement.
Gramophone Magazine, November 2013
This performance, exciting and occasionally thrilling though it is, is not remotely Italian...It's a 'through-composed' linked-up performance, paced withy a dramatic curve that makes even the punchiest Italian-led ones...feel like number opera...The non-Italian soloists are in good fearless voice and aurally well integrated into this concept.
BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
Barenboim's interpretative view is grand in conception, with the La Scala performers offering him sufficient depth and richness of tone...the four soloists form a quartet finely balanced in vocal weight and proficiency...this is an impressive account.
If you were to devise a dream casting for this most theatrical of sacred masterpieces you might well come up with Anja Harteros, Elina Garanca, Jonas Kaufmann and René Pape, plus the Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, under their current maestro, Daniel Barenboim... I was blown away by this Requiem... Kaufmann's first entry was like an erupting volcano. Garanca was as mesmerizing, floating creamy legatos while mustering a thrilling chest voice that I never thought she possessed. Harteros, looking like a distressed pre-Raphaelite beauty, turned the final movement into the most sublime death scene never to appear in an opera. And that incredible chorus, with their barrel-voiced basses and wonderfully hammy rolled consonants and gasped aspirates, hurled out the apocalyptic moments as if determined to blast the roof off.
Even without a fully Italianate instrument, Kaufmann's honeyed, warm tone makes him exceptional in Verdi... Kaufmann's refined artistry shows that even without the leather-lunged Verdians of half a century ago, today's stars can stake their claim on the composer.
Recording information: Teatro alla Scala (08/27/2012/08/28/2012).
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Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
- Performers: Anja Harteros (Soprano); Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano); Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); René Pape (Bass)
- Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
- Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
- Notes: Teatro alla Scala (08/27/2012/08/28/2012)
- Running Time: 60 min. 51 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1874