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Charles Munch died in 1968, the year this Berlioz Requiem appeared. Munich is an unlikely place to look for Berlioz, but in several ways this remake is better than the original release with the BSO from 1960. Although only eight years separates the two, DG’s sound is considerably cleaner and more vivid than RCA’s.
# Composer: Hector Berlioz
# Performer: Peter Schreier
# Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Charles Munch
# Vinyl (1967)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN SACD: B001JJX7KQ
# Size: 1.41 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
There’s also a major advantage in the choral singing; the Mew England Conservatory chorus was musical and enthusiastic, but they sounded too young and light-voiced. The Bavarian Radio Chorus sounds professional from start to finish. And the young, perfectly secure Peter Schreier is compelling in the treacherous Sanctus; so was Leopold Simoneau in the Boston version.
The most telling difference, however, has to do with Munch himself, who simply sounds old and tired here. It would be hard to imagine a more melanchily Kyrie to open the work, not so much summoning Christ as mourning him. Even the Hosanna in the Sanctus is downbeat. Tempos are slack throughout, and although Munch’s phrasing is accomplished and sensitive, the sensational side of this epic work, which Berlioz intended to arouse awe and terror in his listeners, isn’t really present. The forces involved also sound too small in scale, whereas the composer envisioned a titanic assemblage (the only close approximation I know of comes from Bernstein’s live reading on Sony, recorded at Lees Invalides in Paris where the premiere took place, but it has sonic limitations).
It’s regrettable that the preeminent Berlioz conductor of the Fifties and early Sixties never made a totally satisfying Requiem, but that’s the case. Frankly, for DG to foist this off as some kind of classic takes nerve, considering that they’ve been peddling it at budget price off and on for years.
|A1||Requiem And Kyrie||11:29|
|B1||Quid Sum Miser||3:25|
Analyzed folder: /96kHecBer_Req_Mu/96k Berlioz – Requiem – Munch
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR16 -1.16 dB -24.30 dB A1 Berlioz Requiem – Kyrie.wav
DR13 -0.00 dB -17.91 dB A2 Berlioz Requiem – Dies Irae-Tuba Mirum.wav
DR14 -17.53 dB -37.14 dB B1 Berlioz Requiem – Quid Sum Miser.wav
DR13 -0.33 dB -18.63 dB B2 Berlioz Requiem – Rex Tremendae.wav
DR14 -9.88 dB -30.40 dB B3 Berlioz Requiem – Quaerens Me.wav
DR13 -0.09 dB -17.15 dB C1 Berlioz Requiem – Lacrymosa.wav
DR16 -6.65 dB -29.17 dB C2 Berlioz Requiem – Domine Jesu Christe.wav
DR15 -9.59 dB -30.24 dB C3 Berlioz Requiem – Hostias.wav
DR14 -2.17 dB -21.33 dB D1 Berlioz Requiem – Sanctus.wav
DR18 -1.54 dB -26.94 dB D2 Berlioz Requiem – Agnus Dei.wav
Number of files: 10
Official DR value: DR14
- Composed By – Hector Berlioz
- Conductor – Charles Munch
- Orchestra – Chor Und Sinfonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
- Tenor Vocals – Peter Schreier
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