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VERDI, G.: Messa da Requiem / Quattro Pezzi Sacri (Filipova, Scalchi, Hernandez, Colombara, Hungarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Morandi)

Composer(s):Verdi, Giuseppe
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.550944-45
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Classic CD,

"the chorus is magnificent, both musically intense and superbly disciplined"

Review By Gramophone,

"Naxos have done it again. I have little hesitation in preferring this version among modern large-scale performances"

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Well recorded, with first-rate Hungarian Chorus and Orchestra, Morandi’s Naxos version offers an enjoyable account which may lack something in dramatic intensity but which consistently brings out the work’s lyrical warmth. Though the tenor, César Hernández, is at yimes coarse, the other three soloist are very good, notably the Bulgarian soprano, Elena Filipova, with her opulent tone. This is a performance which gains in intensity as it progresses and, if anything, the Four Scared Pieces bring performances even more dedicated, with refined choral singing, with the chorus set slightly behind the orchestra. A good bargain version, though it is worth remembering that Richard Hickox’s outstanding Chandos version of the Requiem, coming on a single



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