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As good as it gets? ... re DSD 128
This DSD 128 remastering of the tape is just about a good as it gets .... that is to say, this genuinely legendary recording comes across in high resolution sound that to date is surely unmatched. The quartet of soloists can hardly be surpassed as the soprano is a vitally young Leontyne Price, the mezzo/alto is Rosalind Elias whose gold star career hardly needs more a mention to awe us, tenor Jussi Bjoerling caught in finest voice, and bass baritone Giorgio Tozzi who also was among the best singers of his generation. Besides the quartet we are also profoundly fortunate to have the Vienna Society of the Friends of Music Chorus plus a golden stereo age Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Fritz Reiner at the helm inspires everyone to their best. Some day Japan may get around to re-releasing this recording in DSD disc as has happened to our delight with Reiner's Chicago Beethoven .... but until then ... and perhaps even after? ... this edition will be as heartfelt and glorious as we could ever ever ever wish. Releases like this leave one beholden to acknowledge in retrospect what a musical giant Reiner was, along with his soloists, chorus and orchestra. Bravo to the engineering in the Sofiensaal which captured this superb performance and bequeathed it to aeons of audiophiles as well as ordinary listeners. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Bravo
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.
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