Berlioz - Requiem

CD - 'A splendid performance with, as expected by Antonio Pappano, intense text interpretation.'

- Peter van der Lint, Trouw

Berlioz - Requiem

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Hector Berlioz' 'Grand requiem'

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.

Performers

Javier Camarena, tenor
Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Concertgebouworkest
Antonio Pappano, conductor
Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 3 & 4 May 2019

The Concertgebouworkest performing Berlioz' Gande messe des morts - photo: Milagro Elstak
The Concertgebouworkest performing Berlioz' Gande messe des morts - photo: Milagro Elstak

From the press

"Javier Camarena shines in the higher register. Heavenly."
- Lucrèce Maeckelberg, Klassiek Centraal

"The Concertgebouworkest do justice to the magnificence of the music."
- Merlijn Kerkhof, Volkskrant

"A splendid performance with, as expected by Antonio Pappano, intense text interpretation"
- Peter van der Lint, Trouw

Playlist

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) Grande messe des morts, op. 5 (Requiem) (1837)
1 I. Requiem – Kyrie 11:06
2 II. Dies irae - Tuba mirum 12:23
3 III. Quid sum miser 03:17
 4 IV. Rex tremendae 06:05
 5 V. Quaerens me 04:26
 6 VI. Lacrymosa 10:44
 7  VII. Offertorium 09:15
 VIII. Hostias 03:13
 IX. Sanctus 10:35
10 X. Agnus Dei 12:33
  Total speelduur 83:41