TOSCANINI Conducts VERDI: Two Sacred Works
REQUIEM - TE DEUM
NBC Symphony at Carnegie Hall, November 23, 1940
featuring Milanov & Bjorling
Remastered in 2003 by Graham Newton. Originally released in 1986, this set was one of our special best sellers for about ten years and has been reissued in improved sound due to popular demand.
Harvey Sachs writes in his liner notes "Performances of the Verdi Requiem often emphasize the work's dramatic aspects to the detriment of its lyricism, or vice-versa. Here, Toscanini balances these elements completely convincingly?we are unlikely to hear a more overwhelming performance of the work than this one-- ever."
Kurt Moses wrote in American Record Guide "it's the greatest Verdi Requiem I've ever heard, bar none."
William H. Youngren wrote in The Christian Science Monitor "Toscanini [offers a] matchless pacing and shaping of the music?[in conjunction with] the superb playing of the NBC Symphony"
Terry Teachout had this to say in Musical America "stupendous in virtually every way"
Thomas Hathaway wrote in High Fidelity "[Toscanini's] 1940 concert of the Requiem was at once relaxed and powerful, and it remains one of the greatest on record."
CD-4240(2) TOSCANINI Conducts VERDI: Two Sacred Works REQUIEM - TE DEUM Zinka Milanov - Soprano, Bruna Castagna - Mezzo Soprano, Jussi Bjorling - Tenor, Nicola Moscona - Bass; Westminster Choir; NBC Symphony Orchestra, performed at Carnegie Hall, November 23, 1940. Issued for the Arturo Toscanini Recordings Association (20123 Milano, Italy) . Total Time, Disc One: 56:58 Disc Two: 42:52 (AAD) UPC #0-17685- 42402-1
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