Even though the corruption of the Heirarchy, mainly about power, put him off the Church, and made it difficult for him to believe, Verdi expresses here his faith, or longing for faith. The Giulini recording of Verdi’s “Requiem” has long been a favorite of many listeners, both for the conducting and the quality of the soloists, most of whom were at the peak of their careers.
# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Nicolai Gedda, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# Label: EMI Angel
# ASIN: B00AM5RD44
# Size: 1.84 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF
Verdi’s Requiem, like many of his later works, is extremely demanding when comes to bringing it to life in full strength. You need powerful orchestral and choral forces, extremely potent and expressive voices and of course a really insightfull conductor capable of holding all together and making the drama and meanings come to life.
Fortunately it looks that everyone who tried approaching this masterpiece tried its best. But among them are the real achievers. And I will mention only the three of them I think really need to be mentioned in this context: first, at least historically, is Da Sabata. I am one of not so many lucky listeners who has his edition feturing Maria Caniglia. And that is an achievement approaching perfection. The next one is Toscanini with his incisiveness which works its powerrs all the way through his 1951 live recording. And then is the recording at hand here.
This is one of the recordings documenting the glorious (so unfortunately dawned) era of music making at its highest. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that behind it one finds Carlo Maria Giulini. This is just one of his greatest achievements that are landmarking the history of music. The attention to detail, so insightfull choice of tempo, the ability of conducting music so flowlessly to its highs and deep downs, the ability of using musical powers under his command to their very best and not least the profound understanding of the musical score are shown here in their full power. It grabs you from the beginning and you will find yourself under its powers everafter.
The choir might be the best you find on disc. It is highly responsive and produces some of the greatest moments of this piece. Along comes the Philarhmonia Orchestra in beatiful sound and very attentive and responsive to its mastreful conductor.
The soloists are as much as you could wish for. Envolved, musically perfect, rendering the amount of human drama that this piece comprises, the true voices of humanity you might say. I am especially delighted with Christa Ludwig which seems a different singer from her recording under Karajan (recording available from Deutsche Grammophone) and Ghiaurov who displays such a sensibility along with his powerful voice. Damme Schwartzkopf and Gedda are also very good although I couldn’t stop myself dreaming at Franco Corelli, giving the amazing musical power unleashed here (you can hear him in the recording of the verdian requiem under Mehta).
As one of the other reviewers mentioned if you want only one recording of Verdi’s Requiem you have to have this one. You will hear inner voices inside the orchestra, choir and soloists you will not hear anywhere else. The only real threat to this recording is Da Sabata’s which is set back just by a poorer sound which makes it harder to come out with the greatest effect.
Analyzed folder: /96kGV_Re_Giu/96k Verdi – Requiem – Giulini
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR11 -1.53 dB -19.45 dB A1 Verdi – Requiem – 1 Requiem E Kyrie- Requiem Aeternam.wav
DR9 -1.19 dB -15.57 dB A2 Verdi – Requiem – 1 Requiem E Kyrie- Kyrie Eleison.wav
DR8 -0.95 dB -13.08 dB A3 Verdi – Requiem – 2 Sequenza- Dies Irae.wav
DR10 -1.50 dB -17.18 dB A4 Verdi – Requiem – 2 Sequenza- Tuba Mirum.wav
DR11 -1.89 dB -20.26 dB A5 Verdi – Requiem – 2 Sequenza- Liber Scriptus – Dies Irae.wav
DR12 -6.34 dB -24.11 dB A6 Verdi – Requiem – 2 Sequenza- Quid Sum Miser.wav
DR9 -2.34 dB -16.06 dB B1 Verdi – Requiem – 2 Sequenza- Rex Tremendae.wav
DR12 -4.57 dB -21.66 dB B2 Verdi – Requiem – 2 Sequenza- Recordare.wav
DR11 -4.67 dB -21.53 dB B3 Verdi – Requiem – 2 Sequenza- Ingemisco.wav
DR10 -1.40 dB -16.69 dB B4 Verdi – Requiem – 2 Sequenza- Confutatis Maledictis – Dies Irae.wav
DR11 -3.00 dB -20.39 dB B5 Verdi – Requiem – 2 Sequenza- Lacrymosa.wav
DR12 -0.58 dB -18.29 dB C1 Verdi – Requiem – 3 Offertorio- Domine Jesu Christe.wav
DR13 -0.70 dB -19.72 dB C2 Verdi – Requiem – 3 Offertorio- Hostias Et Preces.wav
DR9 -2.06 dB -15.98 dB C3 Verdi – Requiem – 4 Sanctus.wav
DR13 -3.10 dB -21.89 dB C4 Verdi – Requiem – 5 Agnus Dei.wav
DR12 -3.31 dB -21.75 dB D1 Verdi – Requiem – 6 Lux Aeterna.wav
DR10 -1.76 dB -16.86 dB D2 Verdi – Requiem – 7 Libera Me- Libera Me – Dies Irae.wav
DR12 -10.39 dB -27.23 dB D3 Verdi – Requiem – 7 Libera Me- Requiem Aeternam.wav
DR9 -1.94 dB -16.26 dB D4 Verdi – Requiem – 7 Libera Me- Libera Me.wav
Number of files: 19
Official DR value: DR11
- Bass Vocals – Nicolai Ghiaurov
- Chorus Master – Wilhelm Pitz
- Orchestra – Philarmonia Orchestra
- Conductor – Carlo Maria Giulini
- Mezzo-soprano Vocals – Christa Ludwig
- Soprano Vocals – Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
- Tenor Vocals – Nicolai Gedda
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Light de-Clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising
If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
- 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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