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Discussion: Verdi: Requiem - Harnoncourt

Posts: 6

Post by siegfried August 15, 2005 (1 of 6)
I received a promo copy of this last week and can report that Harnoncourt has FINALLY learned how to conduct Verdi. He has now has theatrical feeling and passion as oppoes to his dreafully tepid AIDA that escaped a few years ago (it was so bad it certainly wasn't released). Scahde and Mei are both on the light side but aren't over-parted as two of his AIDA principals. The "Dies Irae" is a good workout for the system as well. Grab it!

Post by deckerm August 15, 2005 (2 of 6)
siegfried said:

I received a promo copy of this last week and can report that Harnoncourt has FINALLY learned how to conduct Verdi. He has now has theatrical feeling and passion as oppoes to his dreafully tepid AIDA that escaped a few years ago (it was so bad it certainly wasn't released). Scahde and Mei are both on the light side but aren't over-parted as two of his AIDA principals. The "Dies Irae" is a good workout for the system as well. Grab it!

Thanks for the mini review. Personally, I would love to see the Shaw / Telarc release of this.

Post by Johnno August 15, 2005 (3 of 6)
I'd love to see the Guilini/Philharmonia EMI performance but sadly (a) it won't appear on SACD because it's EMI and (b) there was some quite severe overmodulation in the Dies Irae that DSD remastering won't cure. As an interpration, however, it is without peer, IMO, and all the singing and orchestral playing are superb.

Post by akiralx August 16, 2005 (4 of 6)
Johnno said:

I'd love to see the Guilini/Philharmonia EMI performance but sadly (a) it won't appear on SACD because it's EMI and (b) there was some quite severe overmodulation in the Dies Irae that DSD remastering won't cure. As an interpration, however, it is without peer, IMO, and all the singing and orchestral playing are superb.

A classic though that is, you may be pleasantly surprised by the BBC Legends releases (2 I think) of live Giulini Verdi Requiems which many reviewers feel are better than the EMI, not least in sound (no overloading in the Dies Irae, which you refer to).

Post by siegfried August 16, 2005 (5 of 6)
akiralx said:

A classic though that is, you may be pleasantly surprised by the BBC Legends releases (2 I think) of live Giulini Verdi Requiems which many reviewers feel are better than the EMI, not least in sound (no overloading in the Dies Irae, which you refer to).

I second the recommendation for the Giulini BBC Requiems especially the one with Sandor Konya who was definitely under-recorded. They are both better than the EMI because Giulini was caught up in the feel of the moment instead of the stop and start of the studio.

Post by Polly Nomial September 1, 2006 (6 of 6)
Following the second review of this, I feel it only fair to say that the sound is a very accurate of the balance that Harnoncourt wanted, having been present at one of the concerts from which this recording derives. Perhaps it could be, heresy of heresies, that the Musikverein is too small for such a large scale work?

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