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    Brahms
    Berlioz
    Mozart

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    Top 3? Difficult but I'll try ...

    1. Mozart: Simply the best.
    2. Verdi: Because I like my Requiem with italian operatic passion.
    3. Berlioz: Underrated composer who always went his own way, with wonderful results such as his Requiem.
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    1. Verdi
    2. Faure
    3. Berlioz

    So difficult and could change my mind in a week or two.

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    Cesare and Troy, I'm with you about the wonderful Verdi and Berlioz, but why don't you try something like... the Dvorak, so you can replace those Mozarts and Faures? :J I recommend Karel Ancerl/CPO. Dvorak was heavily influenced by Verdi, you know.
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    Such a tough one.

    I would have to say Mozart, Brahms and Fauré. Conversely, I'd have to say the one I have the hardest time with is Beethoven's Missa. But I so want to like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDaddy View Post
    Such a tough one.

    I would have to say Mozart, Brahms and Fauré. Conversely, I'd have to say the one I have the hardest time with is Beethoven's Missa. But I so want to like it!
    If you mean Beethoven's Missa op. 86, it's certainly not a requiem? Also, what's not to like about it? A wonderful, energetic mass in the Haydn tradition, although obviously no Missa Solemnis, but then again what work can stand with Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and not be destroyed?
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cesare Impalatore View Post
    1. Mozart: Simply the best.
    I've got to say, it takes a little bravery to give that as a reason. But I couldn't agree with you more.

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    1. Verdi's Messa da Requiem
    2. Mozart
    3. Dvorak

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    I was sure I'd already contributed to this thread, but can't find my post anywhere. Maybe there was a similar one at some point.

    Anyway, my top 3 are.

    1. Berlioz - possibly because I happen to be listening to the fantastic Davis recording at the moment.
    2. Verdi - some find it too operatic. I find it almost impossibly moving, especially when heard live.
    3= Britten - another work that never fails in performance
    Faure- for something a little gentler
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    The wonderful Requiem de Gilles. More celebratory than solemn.

    Gilles Requiem - Frémaux (From a 1956 vinyl recording)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1IirTRhKBI

    The recent Chapelle Royale/Philippe Herreweghe recording is a little more subdued but also excellent.

    Gilles Requiem - Herreweghe
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e0xH3cggYQ

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    Fauré
    Duruflé
    Mozart

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    Brahms: Deutsches Requiem
    Durufle: Requiem
    Berlioz: Grand Messe de Morts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    It would be, but half the people are stoned, and the other half are waiting for the next election.
    Ha! Good call!

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    The Mozart Requiem is my favorite, despite the fact that there are some weak movements. The best movements are so outstanding that the Mozart is still my favorite Requiem. Of course, if Mozart had lived longer, the Requiem probably would have been a perfect masterpiece, commensurate with his greatest operas.

    The Verdi Requiem is my second favorite. I enjoy the theatricality of Verdi's conception, and the Dies Irae is second only to Mozart's.

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