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Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, October 2013

Anyone looking for a very decent budget recording [of Verdi’s Requiem] might well consider this recording, which also offers a decent coupling of the Pezzi Sacri. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Penguin Guide, January 2009

Well recorded, with first-rate Hungarian Chorus and Orchestra, Morandi’s Naxos version offers an enjoyable account which may lack something in dramatic intensity but which consistently brings out the work’s lyrical warmth. Though the tenor, César Hernández, is at yimes coarse, the other three soloist are very good, notably the Bulgarian soprano, Elena Filipova, with her opulent tone. This is a performance which gains in intensity as it progresses and, if anything, the Four Scared Pieces bring performances even more dedicated, with refined choral singing, with the chorus set slightly behind the orchestra. A good bargain version, though it is worth remembering that Richard Hickox’s outstanding Chandos version of the Requiem, coming on a single full-priced disc, is also a bargain, with much more sharply detailed recording of the chorus.

David McKee
Opera Quarterly, October 2001

"The Hungarian State Opera cadres are eminently more idiomatic and powerful than their German colleagues, with Pier Giorgio Morandi shaping their performance with a broad but restorative hand. Verdi's gorgeous melodic contours and chiaroscuro textures are simultaneously polished and enlivened."

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"the chorus is magnificent, both musically intense and superbly disciplined"


"Naxos have done it again. I have little hesitation in preferring this version among modern large-scale performances"

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