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Brilliant does not begin to describe. As a junior in high school, in the early 1980's, I was browsing in a music store in downtown Montreal (on a school trip) and ran across the LP of this recording. Not able to hear it until I returned to VA, I just hoped that the names assembled for the recording would do this massive work justice. What an understatement. I own other recordings, but none have the artistry, passion, depth, or heart that this mid-60's recording has....and I'm not a big Pavoratti fan, either! This is a recording that EVERYONE should own. Never before, nor ever again will there be such a monumental recording of this, what I consider to be, the greatest choral work ever conceived and written. From the haunting opening strains of the cello section, to the final whispering of "libera me" by the unison chorus, I dare you to try to just listen to a little bit then stop. You won't be able to.
Verdi and Solti
I have listened to this recording for almost 30 years and it has yet to be rivaled! Hands down the best Verdi Requiem ever... how can you miss with Sutherland, Horne, Pavarotti and Talvela! Kudos, Sir Georg, we miss you!
The all-star cast on this recording make a great combination. I have heard this piece live once before at the best Hall in the world (both acoustically and aesthetically) being Boston's Symphony Hall, and still prefer this recording to my experience at the live performance. This is the Wiener Philharmoniker at its best, which I consider to be the best there is. I cannot strain enough how good a buy this is.
Born: November 7, 1926 in Sydney, Australia
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s