Verdi: Requiem. Orchestra e Coro dell´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Rome, 2009. Live recording. Cond: Antonio Pappano. Soloists: Anja Harteros, Sonia Ganassi, Rolando Villazón, René Pape. Further information here.As far as I am concerned this is THE release of 2009. And a Verdi Requiem of a quality I have not heard in decades of recording. All the pieces come together for Antonio Pappano, despite an odd engineering choice, making the initial 2 minutes inaudible. But from there on, there is very little to criticize in a performance of rare coherence. Combined with an excellent soloist quartet this is not to be missed.
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