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WILLIAM STEINBERG
BEETHOVEN Missa solemnis – 1973
ICAC 5054

IGOR MARKEVITCH
VERDI Messa da Requiem – 1960
ROSSINI Overtures – 1957
ICAC 5068 (2CD)

DIMITRI MITROPOULOS
BERLIOZ Requiem (Grande Messe des morts) – 1956
ICAC 5075

GENNADI ROZHDESTVENSKY
MAHLER Das klagende Lied – 1981
JANÁCEK The Fiddler’s Child – 1979
ICAC 5080

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This special collection brings together thrilling performances of four choral masterpieces under the baton of four legendary conductors: Steinberg’s nuanced and expressive account of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, the electrifying drama of Verdi’s and Berlioz’s Requiems brought to the fore by Markevitch and Mitropoulos, and a magisterial live BBC Proms performance of Mahler’s Das klagende Lied conducted by Rozhdestvensky. These recordings won wide critical acclaim on their first release: Gramophone hailed Mitropoulous’s Berlioz as ‘remarkable’, while The Guardian declared Markevitch’s Verdi Requiem to be ‘one of the great interpretations’.

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WILLIAM STEINBERG

ICAC 5054

 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827

Missa solemnis in D major op.123

1 I Kyrie                                                          8.09

   II Gloria

2              Gloria in excelsis Deo                                                     5.09

3              Qui tollis                                                                               4.51

4              Quoniam tu solus Sanctus                                            7.07

   III Credo

5              Credo in unum Deum                                                     4.28

6              Et incarnatus est                                                               5.08

7              Et resurrexit                                                                       9.35

   IV Sanctus & Benedictus

8              Sanctus                                                                                                5.14

9              Benedictus                                                                         9.44

   V Agnus Dei

10           Agnus Dei                                                                            5.46

11           Dona nobis pacem                                                           9.17

 

Heather Harper soprano

Julia Hamari contralto

Sven Olof Eliasson tenor

Peter Meven bass

Wolfram Gehring organ

Wolfgang Marschner  violin

Kölner Rundfunkchor Chorus master: Herbert Schernus

(Now renamed WDR Rundfunkchor Köln)

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester

(Now renamed WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln)

Recorded: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 15 June 1973

 

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IGOR MARKEVITCH

ICAC 5068 (2CD)

 

GIUSEPPE VERDI 1813–1901

 Messa da Requiem

 CD 1                                                      65.51

Requiem e Kyrie

1          Requiem aeternam                  6.35

2          Kyrie eleison                            4.32

 Sequenza

3          Dies irae                                   2.03

4          Tuba mirum                              1.50

5          Mors stupebit                           1.16

6          Liber scriptus – Dies irae        4.45

7          Quid sum miser                       21.04

8          Rex tremendae                                     3.49

9          Recordare                                4.05

10        Ingemisco                                3.26

11        Confutatis – Dies irae              4.54

12        Lacrymosa                               6.03

 Offertorio

13        Domine Jesu Christe –                        4.49

14        Hostias                                                 5.46

15        Sanctus                                    2.33

16        Agnus Dei                                5.44

 

CD 2                                                      70.18

 1          Lux aeterna                             5.32

 Libera me

2          Libera me, Domine                  2.13

3          Dies irae                                   1.48

4          Requiem aeternam                  3.16

5          Libera me, Domine                  5.46

 

GIOACHINO ROSSINI 1792–1868

 Overtures*

6          Il barbiere di Siviglia               7.03

7          La scala di seta                                    6.29

8          Guillaume Tell                          11.55

9          La gazza ladra                          10.33

10        L’italianainAlgeri                      7.53

11        LaCenerentola                                     7.36

 

Galina Vishnevskaya soprano

Nina Isakova mezzo-soprano

Vladimir Ivanovsky tenor

Ivan Petrov bass

 

State Academy Chorus

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

*Orchestre National de l’ORTF

Recorded: Moscow, 1960 (Verdi) & Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, 1–4 April 1957 (Rossini)

 

 

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DIMITRI MITROPOULOS

ICAC 5075

 

HECTOR BERLIOZ 1803–1869

Requiem (Grande Messe des morts) op.5

1 I Introït: Requiem et Kyrie   10.53

2 II Dies irae                           11.40

3 III Quid sum miser              2.53

4 IV Rex tremendae               6.15

5 V Quaerens me                   4.52

6 VI Lacrymosa                     10.46

7 VII Offertoire                       9.45

8 VIII Hostias                         2.47

9 IX Sanctus*                         10.13

10 X Agnus Dei                     12.14

 

*Nicolai Gedda tenor

Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks

Kölner Rundfunkchor

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester

DIMITRI MITROPOULOS

Recorded: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 26 August 1956

 

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GENNADI ROZHDESTVENSKY

ICAC 5080

 

GUSTAV MAHLER 1860–1911

Das klagende Lied*

1 I Waldmärchen (Forest Legend · Conte de la forêt)      28.10

2 II Der Spielmann (The Minstrel · Le Ménétrier)            15.50

3 III Hochzeitsstück (Wedding Piece · Morceau de noces)         18.37

 

LEOS JANÁCEK 1854–1928

 

4 The Fiddler’s Child† 14.27

 

*Teresa Cahill soprano · *Janet Baker mezzo-soprano

*Robert Tear tenor · *Gwynne Howell bass

†Bela Dekany violin · *BBC Singers Director: John Poole

*BBC Symphony Chorus · BBC Symphony Orchestra

 

Recorded: Albert Hall, London, 20 July 1981 (Mahler);

Smetana Hall, Prague, 9 May 1979 (Janácek)

 

Beethoven: Missa solemnis - Gloria

 

VERDI: Requiem, Dies Irae

 

Berlioz: Requiem - II Dies irae

 

Mahler- Das klagende Lied - III Hochzeitsstuck

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