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Simply put, this recording sits in the Pantheon of great recordings of the Verdi Requiem. There have been many other recordings of the work, but the Reiner effort is nothing short of grand opera beautifully realized. And, on its technical merits alone, the recording is one of the finest in the history of the grammophone. The HDTT download is superlative in every respect. A masterpiece of both the art and the science of audio recording.
Reiner's Verdi Requiem
In my opinion Reiner was the greatest conductor of the second half of the 20th Century. Everything he did was superb and this is no exception. Very good remastering too.
Very nice recording. However, the DSD 64 version i purchased is a little low on the output. If I could do it again, I'd prolly get the PCM of it.
Still a reference
Spectacular transfer of a noble, majestic, moving and disciplined performance recorded by a fisrt class Decca team in the legendary Sofiensaal (not Sofeinsaal, as described) in Vienna. The vocal quartet has perhaps never been equalled, with the contributions of Leontyne Price and Jussi Bjoerling especially stirring and impressive. Excellent contribution from the chorus. Some of the timings given are inexact.
Reiner's Verdi Requiem stands the test of time
Reiner's tempi may not be to everyone's liking but this remains a memorable performance with a superb vocal quartet lead by the wonderful Leontyne Price. Excellent sound, warmly recommended for all Verdi lovers.
Title: Verdi Messa da Requiem
Artist(s): Conductor – Fritz Reiner
Orchestra – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Bass Vocals – Giorgio Tozzi
Chorus – Society Of The Friends Of Music, Vienna
Mezzo-soprano Vocals – Rosalind Elias
Soprano Vocals – Leontyne Price
Tenor Vocals – Jussi Bjoerling
Recording Info: Transferred from 15ips 2-track tape
Producer: Erik Smith Engineer: James Brown
Recorded by Decca for RCA at Sofeinsaal, Vienna, May & June 1960
1 Requiem And Kyrie 12:03
2 Dies Irae Part 1 14:36
3 Dies Irae (Concluded) 25:07
4 Offertorium 11:59
5 Sanctus 2:45
6 Agnus Dei 5:33
7 Lux Aeterna 7:07
8 Libera Me 16:04
Total Time: 1:35:14