Another precious pearl in this chain called “Davis-Berlioz-Cycle”.
Any one not familiar with Berlioz’ “Te Deum” should also give this careful consideration. I personally prefer the Te Deum over the Requiem and wonder why the two works are not equally known. This Davis is pretty much a standard version and not to be slighted. Reportedly, there is another Davis performance made for L.S.O. Live which may not yet have been released. Anyone who catches onto this neglected masterpiece should also investigate the Inbal (on Denon) and the Shaw (on Telarc).
Pay attention: due to an unexpected error on the file B1, I uploaded a corrected B1. DL it and replace the old one.
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Ronald Dowd, London Symphony Chorus, Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Number of discs: 2
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.85 GB
The recordings come from the Colin Davis Berlioz cycle form the the 1970s. And they are some of the best of that cycle at that.
The Requiem is brilliant. Without detracting from the obvious spectacle you get with such a large contingent of musicians, Davis never gets lost in the massiveness of the piece. Berlioz composition is both Grand (the full title is “Grande Messe des morts”, or “Grand Mass for the Dead”) and sublime, and Davis captures the sublime elements as few other conductors have ever done. The choruses (the London Symphony Chorus and the Wandsworth School Boys Choir) work together well, and the soloists are very fine.
Sound is ever so important with a work as large as the Berlioz Requiem, and the Philips engineers deserve the bulk of the credit for this presentation. With such massive forces, engineers are challenged to give full efect to the sections that feature all of the forces and yet still capture the quite sections in a manner that makes them equally enjoyable in the home. With many recordings of the Requiem, you feel like you move from one position in the concert to another as the engineers try to “zoom in” to capture quieter moments and then “zoom out” get the full effect of the grand moments. With this recording, I feel like I never leave my seat, but I also never miss anything.
|A1||Requiem – Kyrie (Introitus)||11:33|
|A2||Dies Irae – Tuba Mirum (Prosa)||13:45|
|B1||Quid Sum Miser||3:18|
|C2||Domine Jesu Christie||10:55|
Analyzed folder: /96k Berlioz – Requiem – Davis
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -1.72 dB -20.70 dB A1 Requiem – Kyrie (Introitus).aif
DR11 -0.54 dB -16.62 dB A2 Dies Irae – Tuba Mirum (Prosa).aif
DR6 -7.04 dB -20.30 dB B1 Quid Sum Miser.aif
DR11 -0.71 dB -16.48 dB B2 Rex Tremendae.aif
DR13 -2.93 dB -23.12 dB B3 Quaerens Me.aif
DR11 -0.44 dB -16.30 dB C1 Lacrymosa.aif
DR15 -3.01 dB -24.42 dB C2 Domine Jesu Christie.aif
DR14 -9.42 dB -29.75 dB C3 Hostias.aif
DR12 -0.96 dB -19.38 dB D1 Sanctus.aif
DR14 -2.21 dB -22.96 dB D2 Agnus Dei.aif
Number of files: 10
Official DR value: DR12
- Choir – London Symphony Chorus, Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir
- Chorus Master – Arthur Oldham, Russell Burgess
- Conductor – Colin Davis
- Tenor Vocals – Ronald Dowd
- Illustration – Gustave Courbet
- Orchestra – The London Symphony Orchestra
- Photography – David Redfern, John Freeman
- Photography [Colour] – Giraudon
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
- Cartridge: ZYX 50R Bloom
- Phono amp: Audio Research SP15 own tube phono section
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Audio Research SP15
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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