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---------- EVEN a moderate per- performance of the Verdi or Mozart Requiem can be exciting. Their mastery of the opera brought drama, vocal splendour and variety to sacred music. Brahms' Requiem is a different matter: pre dominantly slow, meditative and determinedly non-flamboyant - anything less than total and unalloyed intensity can make around 70 minutes pass very slowly indeed. It needs an eloquent advocate and gets one here in Valery Gergiev, a conductor whose de fault setting is intensity. It builds to an over- fault over whelming climax with splendid singing from the LSO Chorus under the CBSO's own Simon Halsey. The orchestra has the right weight and heft for Brahms and the solo contributions by soprano Sally Matthews and baritone Christopher Maltman are excellent. The sound, in CD and super-audio (SACD) stereo and multi-channel formats, is as good as the Barbican's unglamourous acoustic permits. Norman Stinchcombe
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 22, 2014
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