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Verdi: Requiem; Te Deum / Zinka Milanov, Bruna Castagna, Jussi Bjorling, Nicola Moscona. Arturo Toscanini

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Sacred Pieces
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Originally released in 1986, this set was one of Music & Arts classical best sellers for well over a decade, and was reissued in improved sound in 2003 due to popular demand. Harvey Sachs writes in his liner notes "... we are unlikely to hear a more overwhelming performance of the work than this one, ever."

American Record Guide
It's the greatest Verdi Requiem I've ever heard, bar none.

Christian Science Monitor - William H. Youngren
Toscanini [gives us] matchless pacing and shaping of the music... [with] the superb playing of the NBC Symphony.

Harvey Sachs
Performances of the Verdi Requiem often emphasize the work's dramatic aspects to the detriment of its lyricism, or vice-versa. Here, Toscanini balances these elements completely convincingly. We are unlikely to hear a more overwhelming performance of the work than this one, ever.

High Fidelity - Thomas Hathaway
[Toscanini's] 1940 concert of the Requiem was at once relaxed and powerful, and it remains one of the greatest on record.

Musical America - Terry Teachout
Stupendous in virtually every way. Harvey Sachs' liner notes are outstanding.

Sunday Times, 10th March 2013
For a conductor famous for incandescence and relentless intensity, this account of the Requiem, from a Carnegie Hall concert of November 23, 1940, is most remarkable for its lyrical beauty and its breadth.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Carnegie Hall (11/23/1940).


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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
  • Performers: Zinka Milanov (Soprano); Nicola Moscona (Bass); Jussi Björling; Bruna Castagna (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: Westminster Choir
  • Running Time: 83 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Sacred Pieces :: Te Deum
  • Performers: Bruna Castagna (Mezzo Soprano); Zinka Milanov (Soprano); Nicola Moscona (Bass); Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Running Time: 15 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1889-1897