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Hi folks

Does anyone have any favourite recording of this piece? Just discovered it and want to immerse myself in this lovely work. I have only listened to the Boston Baroque with Martin Pealrman so far.
 

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According to Discogs, the image shown in the second post belongs to a 1982 issue, digitally recorded July 17-18, 1980.

He also recorded the D minor Requiem, and it looks like the Rogerx data in the second post refer to that one (DiscoGS gives recording date September 1973 in London). Of course with a different cover.
 

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He either recorded it twice, or there is a confusion between the d minor/re minore (rec. 1973) and the c minor/do minore (rec. digitally 1980)
The c minor is also a filler for his 1979 Verdi Requiem in an EMI twofer/duo series.
You are right I changed the picture.
 

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Did Beethoven really rate this work more highly than Mozart's? Or was it Berlioz who did, but people nowadays are confusing Beethoven with Berlioz in this matter?

"We must bear in mind that most critiques of Mozart's Requiem by Berlioz appeared in 1834-35, a short while before his own Requiem was composed. There was not yet any direct competition, but the ideas of his personal exegesis to this text might have already been fermenting in his mind, and subconsciously influenced his reactions. He considers Cherubini's Requiem, performed at about the same time, as a higher achievement than Mozart's, as it was probably closer to his own conception of the picturesque and monumental character such a work must take."
Mozartian Undercurrents in Berlioz | Benjamin Perl | P. 24~25
 

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I have a 'special' relationship with the piece (and the Muti recording), because it was used by David Lynch at the end of his movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me... one of the few movies c.q. movie endings that made me cry.

But, in the end, I prefer Mozart's Requiem (fwiw).
 

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I want to add though, that I also liked Matthew Best's recording with the Corydon Singers. A bit less romantic, yet crystal clear singing. For a more HIP-approach, you may want to check out Le Concert Spritiuel with Hervé Niquet. Very much worthwhile imho.
 

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Warner has a 2 CD set with the Verdi and Cherubini requiems by Muti. It's discount price too!

Muti is a bit over the top with the drama and intensity so I'm not always in the mood. I'd say give it a try and then listen to others.
 
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