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Ken Meltzer
Fanfare, May 2015

Jansons’s interpretation of the Verdi Requiem tends to favor the work’s ecclesiastical qualities. The performance is lovingly paced throughout, with admirable momentum, and no extremes of tempo. Execution by all concerned is flawless, and the sound Jansons elicits from the soloists, chorus, and orchestra is uniformly rich and glowing.

The camerawork is gorgeous, with plenty of detail, as is the recorded sound. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Simon Thompson
MusicWeb International, March 2015

Most of what makes this Requiem special…is down to Jansons, who sculpts a performance of mastery. The aching poignancy of the opening is profound, and he directs the long span of the Sequenza with unerring style and a feel for keeping things moving: there is a lovely sense of ebb and flow to the Recordare, in particular. He also keeps a tight control over the chorus and orchestra, generating singing and playing of pinpoint accuracy and great beauty.

Not only is the sound excellent, but throughout the camera direction is unfussy and intelligently focused, putting us both within the orchestra and in front of Jansons. The Blu-ray picture quality is also first rate: you can almost read the music in certain places. This disc impressed me so much that I think it’s now a first choice for this work… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Mike Ashman
Gramophone, January 2015

VERDI, G.: Messa da Requiem (Jansons) (NTSC) 102205
VERDI, G.: Messa da Requiem (Jansons) (Blu-ray, HD) 108136

[Jansons’s]…Requiem is a series of coups d’état in which the returns of the actual ‘Dies irae’ or the launch of ‘Rex tremendae majestatis’ are exciting aural shocks. He also devotes much time to enjoying slow quiet endings of movements for emotional effect. I don’t know whether Jansons is any more of a strict church believer than Verdi was but he represents wholeheartedly the text and its inspiration.

The choir is superb from its quiet but very clear beginning onwards. The [video is]…atmospherically filmed without encompassing an architectural tour of the venue and points intelligently to vocal and instrumental leads.

This new interpretation is both exciting and moving. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

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