Berlioz: Requiem / Spyres, Nelson, Philharmonia Orchestra

Berlioz: Requiem / Spyres, Nelson, Philharmonia Orchestra

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Marking the 150th anniversary of Berlioz’s death, this performance of the mighty Requiem or Grande Messe des Morts – presented on both DVD and CD – took place in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, in March 2019. Conducted by John Nelson, it involved over 300 musicians, including tenor Michael Spyres. As Nelson said: “Every measure resonates deeply with me and I feel there is sincerity, even in the great moments of bombast.” The Times wrote: “The surpassing virtue of this performance … was that both aspects, the spine-shakingly spectacular and the heart-rendingly haunting, were allowed to make their impact."



This conductor has been outstandingly careful about the notorious acoustic. Any complaints registered about its effect in reviews of the concert are hardly apparently on these recordings of it. The recording, in general, has lovely brass tone and is most sensitive to Nelsons’s wide dynamic range. If the text above all, and the atmosphere of an event contemplated, satisfies you, there are few better options around at the moment.

– Gramophone

Most importantly, the recording captures an exceptionally moving interpretation, masterfully conducted by Berlioz specialist John Nelson. The Philharmonia Chorus and London Philharmonic Choir sing with outstanding diction, clear articulation and unanimity of tone. Their work is well balanced with the orchestra, even at the loudest climaxes. This new version rewards repeated listening and will move anyone who hears it, both as a performance and a recording.

– The Classic Review

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: MOB430641

  • UPC: 190295430641

  • Label: Erato

  • Composer: Hector Berlioz

  • Conductor: John Nelson

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Choir, Philharmonia Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra

  • Performer: Michael Spyres