Verdi: Requiem

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Verdi: Requiem
Anja Harteros, Elina Garanca, Jonas Kaufmann, Rene Pape / Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Daniel Barenboim

[ Decca DVD / DVD ]

Release Date: Friday 30 August 2013

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A Verdi Requiem with a dream line-up of soloists and the forces of La Scala, Milan, directed by one of the greatest maestros of our time

With acclaimed performances at the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals, Daniel Barenboim and his magnificent partners recorded this masterpiece around a live performance at La Scala, Milan, in 2012. A superb quartet of soloists - Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Elina Garanca and René Pape - stamp their authority on this terrific performance.

This marks the first audio recording by Barenboim in his role as La Scala's Music Director.

"Even without a fully Italianate instrument, Kaufmann's honeyed, warm tone makes him exceptional in Verdi… Kaufmann's refined artistry shows that even without the leather-lunged Verdians of half a century ago, today's stars can stake their claim on the composer." (The Telegraph)

"Barenboim's interpretative view is grand in conception, with the La Scala performers offering him sufficient depth and richness of tone...the four soloists form a quartet finely balanced in vocal weight and proficiency...this is an impressive account." BBC Music

"this performance, exciting and occasionally thrilling though it is, is not remotely Italian...It's a 'through-composed' linked-up performance, paced withy a dramatic curve that makes even the punchiest Italian-led ones...feel like number opera...The non-Italian soloists are in good fearless voice and aurally well integrated into this concept" Gramophone

"The magnificent full-throated chorus project in a manner liable to rip off the La Scala roof. And the soloists too trail opera glory...Barenboim, meanwhile, does everything to encourage bold attack from players and singers; even his pauses tremble. All told, it's a thrilling account" Times


1.Verdi Requiem: Opening & Applause
2.1a. Requiem
3.1b. Kyrie Eleison
4.2a. Dies Irae
5.2b. Tuba Mirum
6.2c. Mors Stupebit
7.2d. Liber Scriptus
8.2e. Quid Sum Miser
9.2f. Rex Tremendae
10.2g. Recordare
11.2h. Ingemisco
12.2i. Confutatis
13.2j. Lacrymosa
14.3a. Offertorium - Domine, Jesu Christe
15.3b. Offertorium - Hostias
16.4. Sanctus
17.5. Agnus Dei
18.6. Lux Aeterna
19.7a. Libera Me - Libera Me
20.7b. Libera Me - Dies Irae
21.7c. Libera Me - Requiem Aeternam
22.7d. Libera Me - Libera Me
23.Verdi Requiem: Applause & Credits

Verdi: Requiem - 'Domine Jesu Christe'