Verdi: Messa da Requiem - Scotto, Ludwig, Bergonzi, Zaccaria; Karajan. Epidavros, 1965


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  • One of Herbert von Karajan's greatest skills was his ability to assemble first-rate casts of singers that compliment and balance each other. Here we have one of the finest quartet of singers I have heard in any Verdi Requiem with top marks going to the ethereal Renata Scotto. And although each singer gets a chance to shine, the most remarkable moments come in the Offertorio where the level of awareness to ensemble would rival some of the best madrigal choirs out there.
  • Christa Ludwig, Carlo Bergonzi and Nicola Zaccaria round out the cast.


  • There is fair amount of microphone noise, although the sound is otherwise relatively clear.
  • The "Ingemisco" is missing from the recording as well as the beginning of "Lux aeterna".

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