Verdi. Messa Da Requiem. Philharmonia Orchestra/gi

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Label: Testament
Catalog: SBT2 1494
Format: CD

Joan Sutherland (soprano), Fiorenza Cossotto (mezzo-soprano), Luigi Ottolini (tenor), Ivo Vinco (bass), Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini

Composed by: Verdi: Messa da Requiem

Both as a man and as a musician, Carlo Maria Giulini was often thought to be the very embodiment of elegance. However, that view took insufficient account of the fires that burned within. Plácido Domingo once said, "It would be difficult to find another musician with Giulini’s combination of gentleness and intensity. His music making is extremely refined. Yet in [Verdi’s] ‘Dies irae’ he seemed to personify God the Father on the Day of Judgment." This Testament release of the Verdi Requiem, a live performance from the 1960 Edinburgh Festival, features the great soprano Joan Sutherland. One critic of the time hailed the performance as being, "as near to perfection as I ever hope to experience."

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