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Requiem [Hybrid SACD]

Hector Berlioz Audio CD

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2.0 out of 5 stars Dry Earthbound Recording. March 25 2010
By W. Chiles - Published on Amazon.com
I have been collecting SACD records for some time now and found many of Spano's recordings to be excellent. In particular, his Vaughan-Williams Sea Symphony in Atlanta had the majesty, warmth and affection of a recordings by English masters such as Barbirolli and Boult. This particular performance sounds earthbound, unspired. The recording even in SACD surround is tight and dry. Most unpleasant to listen to in the big moments. The many classic recordings by Colin Davis, Charles Munch and Charles Dutoit are significantly better, and the Davis is available in surround sound from pentatone in SACD format. It still sounds great even though recorded in the late 60s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong and Clear July 9 2009
By Karl W. Nehring - Published on Amazon.com
Most classical music fans probably already have a favorite recording of the Berlioz Requiem in their collection, but perhaps not yet an SACD version. I would suspect this would be a good one to purchase for those with surround systems. Although I listened in 2.1 stereo, I was impressed by the sonics, and by the performance, and I would imagine this recording would be a real humdinger when heard through a good surround system.

In the days of LPs, this work would be spread over two discs, and many audiophile would listen only to the first LP, which would contain the spectacular Dies Irae movement, which back when I was an audio store cowboy was quite a favorite for demonstrating audiophile equipment. The Requiem is a long work (more than 77 minutes in this performance) that can seem like a lot of work to sit through, but which does provide some passages of great beauty. Still, it is not something to which most listeners will want to listen to often.

But if you have not yet encountered this magnificent work, or if you are still looking for a definitive recording,
either stereo or surround, it would be hard to do much better than this new Telarc release. Both the sonics and the performance are strong and clear; the extensive liner notes are a welcome bonus.

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