Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts
Catalogue Number LSO0729
James Mallinson producer
Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer
Recorded live at St Paul's Cathedral, June 2012
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch
ICMA Winner 2014: Choral Works
Grammy Nomination 2014: Best Choral Performance
ResMusica’s La Clef du Mois
Gramophone Magazine’s Vocal Choice
MusicWeb International’s Recording of the Month
'This, [Davis’] last-ever Berlioz recording, demonstrates yet again his unique empathy with and understanding of Berlioz’s music as well as his authority in conducting it.'
***** 'Malcolm Hayes is struck by conductor Colin Davis' masterful understanding of the music, and the near-perfection of sound, in the London Symphony Orchestra's remarkable new recording of Berlioz's epic Requiem.'
***** ‘Davis distils a lifetime’s practical expertise with Berlioz into a performance that is noble, thrilling, intimate and richly satisfying. His orchestra plays for him as if possessed and the massed choirs are exceptional in what they deliver. Tenor Barry Banks provides just the right combination of sweetness and power in the Sanctus, his one solo.’
Choir & Organ
‘In this live recording of Berlioz’s Requiem, made at last year’s City of London Festival, the enigmatic rising phrases that launch the work continue to reverberate hauntingly in the surrounding silences, and the tone of the combined LSO and LPO choirs — singing beautifully and bringing out the music’s profound sadness — is wonderfully enhanced. Colin Davis fits the work to the conditions with a master hand. Memorable.’
The Sunday Times
‘The two concerts in Saint Paul’s Cathedral in June 2012 upon which this recording is based were colossal events. I attended the first of them and have rarely been so moved by the magnificence of stately music superbly rendered. LSO Live has captured the moment with remarkable fidelity.’
‘This is an essential purchase – a first-rate reading of a religious work that combines both entertainment value and spiritual uplift.’
The Arts Desk
'The combined London Symphony Chorus and London Philharmonic Choir sing magnificently throughout, and the LSO play with the dedication and commitment reserved for their veteran President.'
Classical CD Choice
‘This may be the most purely beautiful Berlioz Requiem on CD.’
American Record Guide
Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis was revered Berlioz expert and his LSO Live Berlioz recordings were 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 conductors of Berlioz’s music.
Recorded in St Paul’s Cathedral, a fitting acoustic for the work, the London Symphony Orchestra are joined by English lyric tenor Barry Banks and two of London’s finest choirs, the London Symphony Chorus and London Philharmonic Choir.
|Conductor||Sir Colin Davis|
|Performers||London Symphony Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir, London Symphony Orchestra|
1. Grande Messe des morts: I. Requiem et Kyrie
2. Grande Messe des morts: II. Dies irae
3. Grande Messe des morts: III. Quid sum miser
4. Grande Messe des morts: IV. Rex tremendae
5. Grande Messe des morts: V. Quaerens me
6. Grande Messe des morts: VI. Lacrymosa
8. Grande Messe des morts: VIII. Hostias
9. Grande Messe des morts: IX. Sanctus
10. Grande Messe des morts: X. Agnus Dei