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Off the charts
This is one of the Great Things in recorded music, and in audio. Heartfelt thanks to HDTT for selling this on their website! Of course the Verdi Requiem is one of the summits of Western Classical Music, one of the desert island/space capsule compositions. And the Fritz Reiner/Decca recording from June 1960 has long been at the top of the preferred performances. And think of the lineup: Reiner/Jussi Bjoerling/Leontyne Price/Rosalind Elias/Giorgio Tozzi. It's a Dream Team for sure! Re: the vocal quartet: I'll go out on a limb here and say that there is no better singing on record. I won't bore you with all the superlatives I captured by taking notes in my music room. Suffice it to say that the "!" key got used repeatedly. There are so many moments of great power and beauty in this recording that I don't know where to start. Maybe with the "Ingemisco" as sung by Bjoerling, which has attained cult status in its own right, and deservedly so. Or the concluding "Libera me" by Ms. Price. Or the stupendous playing by the Vienna Philharmonic throughout, the brass and woodwind sections defining excellence in orchestral playing. Will take your breath away, if I am anyone to go by. I repeatedly found myself shaking my head and saying, "Did that just happen? Did I hear that right?" re: the sound and beauty my ears were picking up. Exceptionally good DXD sonics in Bob Witrak's remastering have to be mentioned also. Will knock your socks off. Comes in two $12 parts for a total of $24. Can't recommend it highly enough. Would give it 10 stars but this website only allows me five max.
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