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    On the event of his's 203rd birthday, I thought I'd pose the traditional "which is best" question with regards to Giuseppe Verdi's 1874 "opera in ecclesiastical robes."

    The performance from this past Proms with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment led by Marin Alsop really caught on with me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pVYB6IaiFc

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    My two absolute favourites are:

    Verdi:Requiem
    Leontyne Price (soprano), Rosalind Elias (mezzo-soprano), Jussi Björling (tenor), Giorgio Tozzi (bass)
    Wiener Philharmoniker, Singverein der Gesellscaft der Musikfreunde, Wien, Fritz Reiner on Decca and very close second:


    Verdi: Requiem
    Renata Scotto, Agnes Baltsa, Veriano Luchetti and Evgeny Nesterenko
    Philharmonia Orchestra & Ambrosian Chorus, Riccardo Muti
    Formerly on EMI now Warner
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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    Bernstein/Sony.

    Unusual, somewhat historical corner: Markevitch/philips

    Reiner is giving the work a broad, "symphonic" reading, but downplaying contrasts somewhat
    Last edited by joen_cph; Oct-11-2016 at 09:31.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    Bernstein/Sony.
    Desert island recording!

    Arroyo, Veasey, Domingo, Raimondi. Perfection!

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    If you really care about the Verdi Requiem then you must investigate the Arturo Toscanini performances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adtsang View Post
    The performance from this past Proms with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment led by Marin Alsop really caught on with me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pVYB6IaiFc
    Wow.
    That's a stupendous performance (and recording).

    Thanks so much for sharing the link!

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    Karajan and Abbado had several recordings respectively. I thinks they are fantastic. I wont recommend historical recordings.

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    Carlo Maria Giulini - Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
    Elisabeth SCHWARZKOPF (soprano), Christa LUDWIG (mezzo-soprano), Nicolai GEDDA (Tenor), Nicolai GHIAUROV (Bass)

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    Watched this yesterday, it's lonely at the top.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Verdi:Requiem
    Leontyne Price (soprano), Rosalind Elias (mezzo-soprano), Jussi Björling (tenor), Giorgio Tozzi (bass)
    Wiener Philharmoniker, Singverein der Gesellscaft der Musikfreunde, Wien, Fritz Reiner on Decca and very close second:
    This is THE one. Many others out there but none so rich, massive, great, and divine!

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    Watched this yesterday, it's lonely at the top.
    However, if they ever released this on CD, it certainly would give Reiner's a run for it's money, perhaps surpass it. Why oh why will they not release this on CD, I have no idea!

    Pugg, two Home Runs in the same thread. Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Verdi:Requiem
    Leontyne Price (soprano), Rosalind Elias (mezzo-soprano), Jussi Björling (tenor), Giorgio Tozzi (bass)
    Wiener Philharmoniker, Singverein der Gesellscaft der Musikfreunde, Wien, Fritz Reiner on Decca
    This is one of my favorites, also - others:

    Toscanini/NBC/1951
    Solti/CSO - 6/77

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varick View Post
    This is THE one. Many others out there but none so rich, massive, great, and divine!



    However, if they ever released this on CD, it certainly would give Reiner's a run for it's money, perhaps surpass it. Why oh why will they not release this on CD, I have no idea!

    Pugg, two Home Runs in the same thread. Well done!

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    I do wish they filmed it better though, the staging is absurd.
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    Karajan 1972, because of the rhythmic crescendo build up with big drums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TxllxT View Post


    Karajan 1972, because of the rhythmic crescendo build up with big drums.
    Like this one also, bit "opera" like performance.
    ( for me that is )
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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    Versions I have:

    Toscanini - 1939 and 1952

    Fricsay - tremendous performance in mono

    Guilin - given at a Prom. Much better than his studio version

    Gardiner - period instruments - really top notch

    Muti - height of drama

    Morani on Naxos - really, really good

    Toscanini's have authenticity but you really need good sound for this work.

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