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I don't believe anyone else alive today conducts the Verdi Req with as much conviction and emotion as Davis. He turns a familiar work into something that is totally captivating. Everything is perfectly judged and all the more powerful for it. The chorus also deserve a mention. It's a challenging work for them but they accomplish it with ease. And the soloists have been impeccably well chosen. Brewer is sublime (as usual) and Karen Cargill has a voice of pure liquid gold. Simply one of the finest recordings I've heard in a very long time.
This is great music, classical or not. The Dies Irae is awesome, it gives me goose bumps every time I hear it! Thanks for including a booklet.
Its not just the big tune!
Everyone knows the great Dies Irae in the Requiem, but this album has just as much impact away from the big familiar numbers, blending great operatic style with tenderness and a sense of pace that collects the movements together in an unforgettable way - listen to the detailed and powerful Dies Irae as an introduction, but for me the Lacrymosa shows this work and the great performers at their best!
Born: 25 September 1927 in Weybridge, Surrey, England
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s