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Maazel: Verdi – Messa da Requiem (24/48 FLAC)

Maazel: Verdi - Messa da Requiem (24/48 FLAC)

Maazel: Verdi – Messa da Requiem (24/48 FLAC)

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Philharmonischer Chor München, Wookyung Kim, Georg Zeppenfeld, Daniela Barcellona, Anja Harteros
Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Münchner Philharmoniker
Catalogue: 0793052112592
Release: 2018
Size: 888 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

Requiem
01. I. Requiem e Kyrie
02. II. Dies irae
03. II. Tuba mirum
04. II. Liber scriptus
05. II. Quid sum miser
06. II. Rex tremendae
07. II. Recordare
08. II. Ingemisco
09. II. Confutatis
10. II. Lacrymosa
11. III. Domine Jesu Christe
12. III. Hostias
13. IV. Sanctus
14. V. Agnus Dei
15. VI. Lux aeterna
16. VII. Libera me
17. VII. Dies irae
18. VII. Libera me, Domine

This recording is a product of Lorin Maazel’s brief tenure as chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra at the end of his life, and it may have been his last recording. Certainly a point in its favor is the willingness of an aging conductor to seek out new interpretive ideas in late life. Whether it entirely holds together may be a matter of taste, but it doesn’t sound like any other example among the vast catalog of Verdi Requiem recordings, and there’s much to like. Briefly, Maazel attempts to forge a reading that offers lows to match the work’s big highs like the mighty Dies Irae and its timpani strokes, which are given at full power and full speed. Does that gather power after the quiet, almost imperceptible opening of the work (which, to be fair, will give a good opportunity to show off an expensive audio setup)? Maybe, but Maazel’s tempi are often idiosyncratically slow, and it’s hard to detect a real arc in the work. Then again, the work of all four soloists, especially soprano Anja Harteros, is very strong, and they make an impressive effort to fill the large spaces Maazel lays out. The live recording from Gasteig Munich is also clear in a work that is notoriously difficult to capture in live performance. Perhaps it is a recording that will yield more information to repeated hearings.

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