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Dies Irae-The Essential Choral Collection
Giuseppe Verdi, Ludwig van Beethoven, George Frederick Handel
Dies Irae-The Essential Choral Collection
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #2

This certainly is a desirable compendium of some of the most famous large-scale choral pieces, primarily drawn from Deutsche Grammophon's catalog of operas and oratorios. Among the 30 selections on this two-disc set are ...  more »

     
   
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This certainly is a desirable compendium of some of the most famous large-scale choral pieces, primarily drawn from Deutsche Grammophon's catalog of operas and oratorios. Among the 30 selections on this two-disc set are choruses from Carmen, Lohengrin, Aida, Madame Butterfly, and Il Trovatore, as well as Messiah, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Bach's St. Matthew's Passion, and Verdi's Requiem. --David Vernier

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Not that bad... at first
Joanne Kloepfer | New Orleans, LA | 03/26/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"There's plenty of free samples to this CD, and I agree that this is a great collection of music. Chances are you won't find a collection of songs, all of them with angelic choirs, as great as this. When I got it I was quite happy with it, but when I heard the same songs done with different conductors I thought to myself: 'Hey, why doesn't it sound like my CD?' It's the quality that I don't like. For example, Dias Irae is a great song, and it sounds pretty good on the CD, but compare it to another version and this one is slower, the chorus is off key, and it doesn't have that intense emotion. Same thing with O Fortuna, it's a great song, but the chorus is just terrible on this CD, the instruments are lacking in emotion: percussion doesn't add that extra 'oomph' to the bass drum, the cymbals don't have enough emphasis, the chorus sounds like they're about to go asleep, and the dynamics between fortissimo and pianissimo have little effort.

I'd recomend this if you have little cash to blow on a lot of good songs, otherwise you might want to search for a bunch of seperate CDs with the same songs."
Uplifting
jb russell | Boston, MA | 12/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this is my favorite CD to give to the people i love. the sound is huge and uplifting to the spirit."
"Essential" is right!
Leslie Avener | Miami, FL | 02/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Absolutely beautiful! I can't seem to take it off. Am buying more to give as gifts."