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Bill White
Fanfare, September 2016

…this is a quite good performance of the standard Süssmayr edition of the Requiem by a quite good modern German orchestra and chorus. …The quartet of well-known European soloists sing well individually and blend together nicely in ensemble. …In fact, this is a quite satisfactory performance all around. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, July 2016

Outstanding in every way! Davis’s interpretation is slow and reverent.

…Davis is mouthing every word with his singers, expressing the emotion of the moment on his face—a true-born choral conductor…

The chorus responds marvelously to their conductor, and one can detect a great deal of respect for them in the twinkle in Davis’s eyes when he smiles at them. …The soloists, all experienced hands at this repertoire, acquit themselves very well. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



John Quinn
MusicWeb International, April 2016

…working with a distinguished solo quartet and an excellent choir and orchestra, [Sir Colin Davis] directs a splendid performance which is, in the best sense of the word, traditional in conception and execution.

Davis brings out the drama in the work; indeed, he presents it on an operatic scale. It’s evident from the start what sort of a performance we are in for because there’s grandeur and drama in a powerfully projected account of the opening ‘Requiem’. The chorus, which I judge numbers about eighty singers, is encouraged—indeed required—to sing out. The Kyrie fugue is, again, strongly projected; there’s a good deal of thrust in this performance.

I’ve focused on the singing but must not neglect to say that the playing of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is consistently excellent, as you’d expect from this ensemble. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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