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Discussion: Berlioz: Requiem - Sir Colin Davis

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Post by Peter August 3, 2008 (1 of 13)
Matthew Tepper is quite right. This was recorded in Westminster Cathedral.

http://www.deccaclassics.com/music/originals/4757765.html

Peter

Post by Edvin August 3, 2008 (2 of 13)
I don't understand the above. Who is Matthew Tepper?

Post by Peter August 3, 2008 (3 of 13)
Edvin said:

I don't understand the above. Who is Matthew Tepper?

He was quoted in the review from his website here: http://www.home.earthlink.net/~oy/berlioz.htm

I thought I'd confirm the info. BTW, some years ago when working at Westminster Cathedral I went to a performance of Monteverdi's Vespers - stunning especially in that environment and acoustic.

This Berlioz recording isn't yet in the lists for release in the UK.

Peter

Post by Edvin August 3, 2008 (4 of 13)
I see. The Berlioz sounds absolutely gorgeous in four channel.
Thomas

Post by Peter August 3, 2008 (5 of 13)
Edvin said:

I see. The Berlioz sounds absolutely gorgeous in four channel.
Thomas

I'm looking forward hugely to getting a copy. Hope Stockholm isn't too hot and stuffy this Summer.

Peter

Post by terence August 3, 2008 (6 of 13)
i wonder how this compares with the norrington recording which i have already bought?

Post by Edvin August 3, 2008 (7 of 13)
Peter said:

I'm looking forward hugely to getting a copy. Hope Stockholm isn't too hot and stuffy this Summer.

Peter

Thanks Peter. I have actually moved from Stockholm to the south of Sweden, and it has been very warm and humid for a while now.

Thomas

Post by Edvin August 3, 2008 (8 of 13)
terence said:

i wonder how this compares with the norrington recording which i have already bought?

The Philips/Pentatone is a much better performance. Norrington is a bit too matter of fact, I think. And some of his tempos sound restless.

Post by akiralx August 4, 2008 (9 of 13)
Edvin said:

I don't understand the above. Who is Matthew Tepper?

Also a luminary of the usenet newsgroup rec.music.classical.recordings.

Post by gonzostick August 4, 2008 (10 of 13)
The Norrington recording has much more bass, as it is recorded with closer microphone set-ups. It was done, per the liner notes in a concert hall in Stuttgart. At Westminster Cathedral, we have the kind of space for which this work was conceived. This is one work where the building is as important as the music played in it. Berlios knew that, and that is why the work requires such monumental forces. There is a BBC live performance of the Mahler 8th at Royal Albert Hall with Horenstein that has that same sense of frisson and yummy acoustics, though only in 2 channel stereo.

As I said in my review, I own all the multi-channel hi-res releases of this music and I was SO happy to hear that the early Davis recording would be released. The Abravanel, recorded in the Mormon Tabernacle, is pretty good, but the real brass choir is recorded so closely, it is painful to hear. Still the sound of the Tabernacle makes the performance sound really good.

What makes this Philips recording so special is that the engineers captured the sound of the building as well as the orchestra, choruses and soloist. There is an amazing sense of occasion and purpose to the performance which is quite fetching. The smaller moments are very sweet and lyrical, while the big moments, even with the more remote pickup, are incredibly exciting, as Davis whips everyone into a very disciplined frenzy. Compared to the Norrington, which is VERY good, the lighter bass response has to do with the size of the space. To get a Telarc-size bass drum sound in Westminster Cathedral would require something like a blasting cap... LOL On the other hand, listen for the really clear sense of pitch in the bass chords written for tympani in the Tuba Mirum and be AMAZED! That is also a benefit of the space...

As I will say again, DO NOT MISS!!!

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