MusicWeb International‘s Ralph Moore makes our new Verdi Messa da Requiem recording (digital video and audio, CD/DVD/Blu-Ray) a Recommended release!
“I [reviewed] Temirkanov’s live 2009 recording [of the Verdi Requiem] and considered it good, if not first-class, but this latest live recording surpasses it by a considerable margin. … when the resonant Russian basses enter on “Te—Ralph Moore, MusicWeb International
decet hymnus” I feel that familiar prickle of excitement and anticipation in the hair on the back of my neck, and as the choir swells on “Luceat eis” we feel that we are in safe hands. … my main motivation in wanting to hear and review this recording lay in my wish to hear rising star Dinara Alieva… Her crucial entry on “Sed signifer” is perfect…her vibrant singing…is reminiscent of the young Leontyne Price in her prime: smoky, soaring and effulgent – and she certainly does ace the final top C. This recording is almost worth acquiring for her alone, but she is worthily partnered by Olesya Petrova, a singer new to me; she has large, rich, steady voice… The chorus is massively assured and energised, underpinned by real Russian basses – they are the last thing we hear, their bottom C resonating beneath the final “Libera me” – and the choir in generalis powerful, responsive, homogeneous and in tune. … The orchestra, too, is really committed; the “Tuba mirum” is stunning: weighty, majestic and overwhelming, with blazing trumpets playing flawlessly. … This joins my select list of half a dozen favourite recordings.”