Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869)
REQUIEM op. 5 - La Grande Messe des Morts
From the Regensburg Cathedral 1989
Keith Lewis (tenor), The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Colin Davis
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Menu Languages: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages: F, D, GB, SP
Region Code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 102 min
DVD 9 / NTSC
Cat. No: 102027
- Berlioz is the greatest musical figure in the French Romantic movement. His Requiem (1837) " La Grande Messe des Morts " was written for the soldiers killed in the Algerian campaign.
- The Requiem was the only work Berlioz permitted to be published without any revision. His own account of the first performance was as follows: "The effect on people of contrasting sensibility and disposition was overwhelming. The priest wept for a quarter of an hour at the altar after the ceremony and embraced me in tears in the sacristy; the impact of the five orchestras and eight pairs of timpani in the "Tuba mirum" was indescribable. A female member of the choir had a nervous breakdown. It was a truly awesome experience."
- The magnificent cathedral of Regensburg is a perfect setting for this recording of Colin Davis conducting the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Chorus and Orchestra in a splendid, moving performance of Berlioz´s monumental work, with tenor Keith Lewis as soloist. The performance is completed by the pealing of the cathedral bells