Notes & Reviews:
Sir Colin Davis' series of choral master-works continues with Verdi's Requiem, a work that Davis has been conducting for much of his long career. It is also his second recording of Verdi's late works for LSO Live, having previously conducted the Grammy Award-winning recording of Verdi's Falstaff in 2004. He is joined for the Requiem by four superb soloists, three of whom have appeared on Davis' previous LSO Live recordings. Appearing on his first LSO Live recording is the outstanding Verdi tenor Stuart Neill.
Sir Colin Davis' series of choral master-works continues with Verdi's Requiem, a work that Davis has been conducting for much of his long career. He is joined for this Requiem by the outstanding Verdi tenor, Stuart Neill plus 3 other superb soloists who have appeared on previous LSO Live recordings.
Davis, first and foremost, sees the Requiem as being driven by unresolvable inner tensions and ¼paradoxes... Davis creates a sense of almost unendurable emotional uncertainty by reminding us that consolation is ¼repeatedly proffered, only to be whisked away.
Sir Colin conducts the Requiem with a judicious mix of fire and meditative calm; tempi never drag nor are they, in the reflective passages, metronome-quick. The work of the LSO Chorus is first-rate, as is that of the LSO itself.
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Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
- Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); John Relyea (Bass); Stuart Neill (Tenor); Karen Cargill (Mezzo Soprano)
- Conductor: Colin Davis
- Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: Barbican, London, England (01/11/2009/01/14/2009)
- Running Time: 56 min. 54 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1874
- Studio/Live: Live