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LS 0683

Verdi: Requiem

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2009

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2009


London Symphony Orchestra

Colin Davis

John Relyea


Karen Cargill

messo soprano

Christine Brewer


Stuart Neill


London Symphony Chorus


Barbican Centre, London


James Mallinson

Record Label



Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 82:03
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1 Requiem aeternam 9:09
2 I No. 2 Dies irae 2:17
3 II Tuba mirum 3:26
4 III Liber scriptus 5:03
5 IV Quid sum miser 3:37
6 V Rex tremendae 3:35
7 VI Recordare 3:59
8 VII Ingemisco 3:28
9 VIII Confutatis 5:27
10 IX Lacrymosa 5:38
  No.3 Offertorio  
11 I Domine Jesu Christe 4:18
12 II Hostias 5:30
13 No. 4 Sanctus 2:37
14 No. 5 Agnus Dei 4:27
15 No. 6 Lux aeterna 6:17
  No.7 Libera me  
16 I Libera me, Dies irae, Requiem aeternam 7:23
17 II Libera me 5:52
 Christine Brewer soprano
 Karen Cargill messo soprano
 Stuart Neill tenor
 John Relyea bass
 Colin Davis
  11 & 14 January 2009 (recorded live)  

Sir Colin Davis’s series of choral masterworks continues with Verdi’s Requiem, a work that Sir Colin has been conducting for much of his long career. It is also his second recording of Verdi’s late-works for LSO Live, having previously conducted the Grammy Award-winning recording of Verdi’s Falstaff in 2004.
He is joined by four superb soloists, three of whom have appeared on Sir Colin’s previous LSO Live recordings. Christine Brewer was a superb Leonore on Sir Colin’s acclaimed recording of Fidelio. Karen Cargill and John Relyea appeared on Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ and Benvenuto Celini respectively. Appearing on his first LSO Lice recording is the outstanding tenor Stuart Neill.
The Requiem was recorded in January 2009 at concerts dedicated to Richard Hickox who had been President of the London Symphony Chorus and studied with Sir Colin before his own successful career.
LSO Live has recently released recordings of Haydn’s Die Schopfung and James Macmillan’s St John Passion conducted by Sir Colin.


"The four soloists are equally impressive. Christine Brewer, singing with heroic splendour, takes no hostages with the various gifts Verdi presents to her, superlative as she soars into the ether in the ’Lacrymosa’, and at her commanding, dramatic best in the concluding ’Libera me’. Karen Cargill (who replaced Larissa Diadkova), a light, athletic mezzo who blends very satisfyingly in the ensemble passages, is very distinguished throughout the ’Dies irae’, and hair-raisingly good in ’Liber scriptus’ and ’Lacrymosa’. The men are more obviously Italianate and operatic: tenor Stuart Neill never looks back from a stunning first entry in the ’Kyrie’; and bass John Relyea has the authority of the Inquisitor and the darkness of Iago. The two tenor-and-bass arias in the ’Ingemisco’ are superb."

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