Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem) [recorded in St Paul's Cathedral, London, March 2019]

 
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HECTOR BERLIOZ
Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem) [recorded in St Paul's Cathedral, London, March 2019]
Michael Spyres (tenor) / Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir, John Nelson

[ Erato / Warner Classics / 3 CD/DVD ]

Release Date: Friday 20 September 2019

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Marking the 150th anniversary of Berlioz's death, this performance of the mighty Requiem or Grande Messe des Morts - presented on both DVD and CD - took place in St Paul's Cathedral, London, in March 2019. Conducted by John Nelson, it involved over 300 musicians, including tenor Michael Spyres. As Nelson said: "Every measure resonates deeply with me and I feel there is sincerity, even in the great moments of bombast." The Times wrote: "The surpassing virtue of this performance … was that both aspects, the spine-shakingly spectacular and the heart-rendingly haunting, were allowed to make their impact.

"The recording, in general, has lovely brass tone and is most sensitive to Nelsons's wide dynamic range…If the text above all, and the atmosphere of an event contemplated, satisfies you, there are few better options around at the moment." Gramophone

Berlioz: Requiem (Grande Messe des Morts): IV. Rex tremendae