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New album: Berlioz’s Requiem

10 September 2021

Hector Berlioz’s monumental Grande messe des morts under Sir Antonio Pappano now available on all streaming platforms.

Cover Concertgebouworkest Berlioz Requiem

This spectacular true surround recording is also available in Spatial Audio on Apple Music.

Click here for more information about Spatial Audio.

The album will be available as hybrid SACD from 1 October 2021.

Berlioz composed his Requiem at the request of a French government minister to commemorate the soldiers who died in the July Revolution in 1830. The Requiem would become one of Berlioz’s most popular works, among other things because of its imaginative instrumentation and gigantic orchestration, including four brass ensembles distributed throughout the hall. The work was also dear to the composer’s own heart. He once said, ‘If someone were to threaten to destroy all my works, I would beg for mercy on behalf of my Grande messe des morts.’

This awe-inspiring work is in good hands with conductor Antonio Pappano, whose refinement, energy and drama, usually put to good use in the opera house, are exactly what the performance of this French mammoth calls for. The Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is supporting the Concertgebouworkest, and the solo tenor is the Mexican singer Javier Camarena.

"Javier Camarena shines in the higher register. Heavenly."
- Merlijn Kerkhof, Volkskrant

"The Concertgebouworkest do justice to the magnificence of the music"
- Peter van der Lint, Trouw

"A splendid performance with, as expected by Antonio Pappano, intense text interpretation"
- Lucrèce Maeckelberg, Klassiek Centraal

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)Grande messe des morts, op. 5 (Requiem) (1837)
Javier Camarena, tenor
Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Antonio Pappano, conductor
Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 3 & 4 May 2019