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Classic Archive™: Verdi: Messa da Requiem

Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus
Carlo Maria Giulini

Carl Maria Giulini was known for his unique way of interacting with an orchestra. He said of himself that it wasn’t his intention to enforce authority, but to “arrive at human contact” with the musicians.It is this very spirit that makes the present recording a virtual treat for music lovers, uniting the legendary conductor, and the superb Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus and the four soloists, soprano Ilva Liguabue, mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry, tenor Sándor Kónya and bass Raffaele Arié, in a wonderful and dramatic performance. Exquisite contrasts of the characters, divine voices of the singers, saturated and rich sound of the brass section and the perfectly blended harmony of the entire ensemble create an unforgettable and a true once-in-a-lifetime experience of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. Lovingly restored and digitally remastered, the Classic Archive™ series offers a unique glimpse into our classical heritage featuring performances by celebrated artists of the past including complete full-length programmes and comprehensive booklet information.


Messa da Requiem

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Picture format
NTSC 16:9
Sound format
PCM Mono
Total running time
90 mins
English, French, German, Latin, Spanish
Booklet notes
English, French, German
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