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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, May 2015

Jansons’s reading has the immense virtue of bringing the solo singers to life just as he would in the opera house. The soprano desperately crying out “Libera me” could be Aida in the tomb or Desdemona in fear of Otello’s murderous visitation.

The Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova has risen rapidly in the ranks of Verdi singers because she has successfully adapted her Slavic vocal style to the Italian idiom, and the tone and strength of her voice are excellent. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, March 2015

…remarkable performance. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Mike Ashman
Gramophone, January 2015

[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.

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

Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, December 2014

Recorded in performance at Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig during the Verdi Bicentennial year, BR-Klassik’s superbly-engineered, sonically atmospheric recording preserves an account of the Requiem that…reminds the listener of the extraordinary emotive potential of the music. Most significantly, this performance reaffirms that, even in heaven-storming music like that in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, beauty and delicacy can be as awe-inspiring as coldly forceful walls of sound.

Conducted by Mariss Jansons with measured intensity that allows appreciation of the subtleties of Verdi’s music, the performances of the Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks combine Teutonic discipline with Italianate brio in a way that fosters an uncommon degree of accuracy whilst avoiding rigidity. The exemplary singing of the chorus is wonderfully supported by the unerring virtuosity of the orchestral playing, which reaches formidable peaks of emotional engagement under Maestro Jansons’s leadership.

…this recording succeeds in ways in which many recordings fail. It preserves a performance featuring well-matched soloists, choristers and orchestra players capable of scaling Verdi’s musical mountains without faltering, and a conductor with respect for the score and the musicians following his beat. All of the artists, musical and technical, involved with this recording also respect the listener by providing a performance of the Messa da Requiem that is both an enjoyable experience and a worthy homage to the of prodigy of Le Roncole. © 2014 Voix des Arts Read complete review

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, December 2014

This new release offer us a thrilling performance that feels spontaneous and immediately compelling. The Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks is splendidly drilled and sounds especially well unified throughout. They radiate a rapturous passion that is both uplifting and exciting. Equally convincing is the world class orchestra which responds with potent energy and unquenchable spirit. Jansons’s quartet of soloists are wonderfully effective…Soprano Krassimira Stoyanova has a mezzo-like lower register and mezzo Marina Prudenskaya a soprano-like high register. Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu is in strong, clear voice and the tenor solo in the Ingemisco section is sung with reverential expression and a touch of vulnerability. Interspersed are wonderfully rendered solos from the oboe principal. There’s rock-solid singing by Bulgarian bass Orlin Anastassov who projects his voice easily and with powerful intensity.

This dramatic and stirring live performance ranks up there alongside the finest recordings and demonstrates Jansons’ impeccable credentials as one of the world’s finest conductors. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review, December 2014

VERDI, G.: Messa da Requiem (Stoyanova, Prudenskaya, Pirgu, Anastassov, Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony, M. Jansons) 900126
VERDI, G.: Messa da Requiem (Jansons) (NTSC) 102205

What Jansons has here is an absolutely first-rate chorus and orchestra… The beauties and terrors of the presentation get equal weight in this performance, with the choral sections exceptionally effective. This is music that is sublime as well as highly dramatic…this Verdi Requiem is at its most impressive. Jansons extracts very fine sound and very involving performances from orchestra and singers… © 2014 Read complete review

Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, November 2014

…this is a really excellent performance of the Verdi Requiem which is way up there with the best on disc… Indeed, for anyone looking for a good modern recording of the Requiem this could well be their first choice—a superb and emotionally engaging performance. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Levine, November 2014

…it’s nice to have everything so crystal clear: the recording is spotless and vivid. Tenor Saimir Pirgu, with the best of intentions…has a fine sense of the Italianate line and sings with great feeling.

…mezzo Marina Prudenskaja is a real find—a handsome, creamy sound and fine musicianship.

The playing and singing are superb. My overall impression is that Jansons has gotten precisely what he wanted out of the Requiem: a prayer to be heard and answered, with little bombast. This set is a success on many levels… © 2014 Read complete review

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