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Elwood A. McKee
ARSC Journal, April 2003

"The merits of this 1939 recording are several and substantial...The impassioned choral singing and orchestral playing effectively illuminate Verdi's marvelous score...The result of Marston's work is that we now have a continuous performance in optimum monaural sound. Since the original sound was overall quite fine for the time, this means that this recording may be heard with pleasure by those whose primary interest is in the music...I rather think that were I forced to give up all but one performance of this magnificent work, this might be the one I should elect to retain. May such a time never come. Highly recommended."

Turok’s Choice, April 2002

"Tullio Seraphin was the only Italian conductor who's command of Verdi was comparable to that of Toscanini. His 1939 version of the composer's Requiem is magnificent."

Stephen D Chakwin Jr
American Record Guide, April 2002

"If you don't know Serafin's 1939 HMV recording of the Requiem ... with its red-meat approach to the music and singers with technical accomplishments and idiomatic rightness all but unimaginable in our days of lesser but more hyped talents, you have a treat in store -- possibly a revelation... Ward Marston's restoration gets more sound and atmosphere and less acoustic junk out of these originals than any previous attempt... This is... a remarkable sonic reconstruction of what must have been heard in the Rome Opera House in those August days more than 60 years ago. No matter what recording of the Requiem you have (and you should have one), you owe it to yourself to buy this one."

John Fleming
St. Petersburg Times, March 2002

"The Naxos historical label reissued a memorable Rome Opera performance from 1939, with Tullio Serafin conducting."

Robert Croan
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Naxos, however, has employed today's wizard of vocal disc restoration, Ward Marson, who has gotten rid of surface noise, clarified the textures and come up with the most listenable sonics this venerable old set has yet enjoyed."

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