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Verdi: Messa Da Requiem

Magazine article Gramophone

Verdi: Messa Da Requiem

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Verdi

Messa da Requiem

Kristin Lewis sop Violeta Urmana mez Piotr Beczata ten Ildar Abdrazakov bass Chorus and Orchestra of the Paris National Opera / Philippe Jordan

Erato [F] 934140-2 (77' * DDD * T/t) Recorded live at the Opera Bastille, Paris, June 10 & 11, 2013

As the Verdi bicentenary celebrations gently subside, this new Erato release offers the listener the best from a pair of performances of the Requiem, given by the orchestra and chorus of Paris's National Opera on successive nights in June 2013. It must be pointed out, at the outset, that this is one of the speedier Requiem interpretations on disc, with a total time of just over 77 minutes--quicker even than Toscanini's live 1951 Carnegie Hall performance and considerably brisker than Barenboim's recent live disc, which takes almost 86 minutes; whereas Pappano takes 84 minutes and Jesus Lopez-Cobos just a minute shorter. Strangely, the Swiss conductor Philippe Jordan's tempi make perfect sense, with no sense of reckless hurrying--with one notable exception: the last few minutes of the Libera me are taken at breakneck tempo, as if anxious to avoid overtime payments.

However, Jordan draws the most exquisite playing from his band throughout. …

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