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LSO and Sir Colin Davis St Paul's Berlioz recording available on CD
19 February 2013
A recording of Berlioz's huge masterpiece, Grande Messe des morts,
performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Colin Davis, is now available on CD.
Watch a video of the Agnus Dei from the St Paul's concert
Performed as part of the City of London Festival in 2012, the grand requiem is sung by London Symphony Chorus and London Philharmonic
Choir, with English lyric tenor Barry Banks.
Sir Colin Davis is a revered Berlioz expert and his LSO live Berlioz recordings have been widely acclaimed. The release of the
monumental Grande Messe des morts marks the completion of this cycle and further confirms Sir
Colin’s status as one of the greatest living conductors of Berlioz’s music.
Grand Messe des morts is a popular Berlioz creation, yet remains a rare and special treat. A requiem whose text derives from the
traditional Latin Requiem Mass, it was composed, uniquely, by a man with no firm religious belief. Throughout the piece there is an
extreme variation of dynamics. Poignant, reflective music is contrasted with four blazing brass ensembles, ensuring a very powerful and
grand listening experience.
‘The London Symphony Orchestra played with the kind of brilliant concentration only loyalty and love can command, and the 150-strong
choir, drawn from the London Symphony Chorus and the London Philharmonic Choir, sang with controlled power and beauty. Whomever you
chose to thank and praise for it, this was an awesome night.’ The Guardian
‘Opening and closing sections displayed unusually concentrated gravity and a sculptural poise. Davis respected the echo, gave it space
and cherished the austere as much as the dramatic, like those woodwind chords intoned in the Agnus Dei – so solemnly gorgeous that my
spine tingled.’ The Times
‘In an evening full of arresting otherworldly sounds, the most striking were the quiet ones toward the end, especially the high solo
strings and delicate brushed cymbals of the Sanctus, with Barry Banks’s fervently high tenor coming as from afar. Presiding over all
this was the wise, benevolent presence of Sir Colin Davis, who conducted the piece in this same space nearly 50 years ago. He showed an
unerring sense of pacing, and revealed the pathos and restrained dignity underlying the music’s noisy tumult.’ The Telegraph