Berlioz: Requiem / Spyres, Nelson, Philharmonia Orchestra
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.
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
Catalog Number: MOB430641
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Conductor: John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Choir, Philharmonia Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra
Performer: Michael Spyres