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James H. North
Fanfare, May 2009

In the “Libera me,” the chorus simultaneously sings and speaks, producing an otherworldly effect heard nowhere else in music; in [Stravinsky’s] final major work, the 89-year-old revolutionary was still making musical history. Gielen is in his element with this work; his forces realize that moment ideally, and the performance maintains a dignified, memorial character. …It is an aggressive, brightly lit performance, with soloists, chorus, and orchestra all closely miked. The result is undeniably brilliant, but it sounds nothing like a Requiem. © 2009 Fanfare Read complete review





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