One of the best,
By A Customer
Ce commentaire est de: Messa Da Requiem/Quattro Pezzi (Audio CD)
A great Italian conductor (Giulini), a great song cast at thier peak (Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Gedda and Ghiaurov), great chorus and quite good sound make this one of the best Verdi requiem recorded.
This is not crystal clear sound that you find at Gardiners DDD version recorded by Philips in 1995 but for a version origin date 63 and 64, remastred at Abbey Road studio, it has very good sound and Giulini has choosen a couple of the best opera singers from that time for this stunning Verdi Requiem/Quattro Pezzi Sacri.
Buy Guilini and Gardiner and compare. Both versions is excellent and they differ in sounds and orchestra.
To take this one as no 1 is not a bad idea if you cant afford Gardiners too. This is a mid price record and it is well used money. You could pay full price and not get a fantastic performance like this in other cases... (newest is not always best). This remastered version is from 2001 and I think remaster process take place in 1997 so dont worry about sound (even if gardiners at Philips has a better sound). Sound is smoothe and Gedda was a fantastic tenor.
This Giulini/EMI version is highly recommended.