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|Giuseppe Verdi, Tullio Serafin, Ebe Stignani|
Verdi's late masterpiece is a titanic explosion of dread and hope requiring world-class singers, a virtuoso orchestra, and a sympathetic conductor. This classic performance, recorded in 1940, meets more of those stringent ... more »
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Verdi's late masterpiece is a titanic explosion of dread and hope requiring world-class singers, a virtuoso orchestra, and a sympathetic conductor. This classic performance, recorded in 1940, meets more of those stringent mandates than most of its rivals. Ebe Stignani and Ezio Pinza have never been equaled, Beniamino Gigli's tenor is melting, and Maria Caniglia's high-powered dramatic soprano completes the best foursome on records. Conductor Tullio Serafin, usually the perfect Verdian, stints on the devotional aspect of the score and risks a speeding ticket in the rest, and the chorus is mushy. But who cares with solo singing of this caliber? Still my favorite Requiem.--Dan Davis
It's about the singers
William D. Goulet | San Francisco | 11/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The sound quality is fine for its period, the conductor has the orchestra well under control (though often a bit too brisk), but really this Verdi Requiem stands out for the singers. The are all in top form and there is no other recording of this requiem that can begin to match the vocal rewards."
The Requiem by which all others are measured
C. Lynne Price | Frederick, MD USA | 10/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Verdi Requiem is the pinnacle of greatness. Serafin and this majestic quartet of soloists is the one by which all others are measured. Although the sound is grainy (1939) the voices are simply the best; listen to Gigli's unforgettable "Ingemisco" and Pinza's glorious baritone in everything he sings. Anyone who loves and respects Verdi's music needs to have this recording in his or her collection."