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Davis: Berlioz – Grande Messe des Morts (24/96 FLAC)

Davis: Berlioz - Grande Messe des Morts (24/96 FLAC)

Davis: Berlioz – Grande Messe des Morts (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: London Symphony Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir, Barry Banks
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: LSO
Release: 2013
Size: 1.5 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Grande messe des morts, H 75
01. I. Requiem et Kyrie
02. II. Dies irae
03. III. Quid sum miser
04. IV. Rex tremendae
05. V. Quaerens me
06. VI. Lacrymosa
07. VII. Offertoire (Domine Jesu Christe)
08. VIII. Hostias
09. IX. Sanctus
10. X. Agnus Dei

Sir Colin Davis is a revered Berlioz expert and his LSO live Berlioz recordings have been one of the most widely acclaimed series’ of classical recordings of recent years and collected numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards for Les Troyens.

The release of the monumental Grande Messe des morts marks the completion of this cycle and further confirms Sir Colin’s status as one of the greatest living conductors of Berlioz’s music.

Recorded in St Paul’s Cathedral, a fitting acoustic for the work, the London Symphony Orchestra opened the 50th anniversary of the City of London Festival with the requiem, joined by English lyric tenor Barry Banks and two of London’s finest choirs, the London Symphony Chorus and London Philharmonic Choir.

Grand Messe des Morts is a popular Berlioz creation, yet remains a rare and special treat. A requiem whose text derives from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass, it was composed, uniquely, by a man with no firm religious belief. Throughout the piece there is an extreme variation of dynamics. Poignant, reflective music is contrasted with four blazing brass ensembles, ensuring a very powerful and grand listening experience.

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