Davis, Colin

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Soprano: Marie Arnet
Mezzo-Soprano: Anna Stéphany
Tenor: Andrew Kennedy
Bass-Baritone: Darren Jeffrey

Choir: London Symphony Chorus
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis

Date: September- October 2007
Venue: Barbican, London
Live Recording

Label: LSO Live
Cat No.: LSO0127
Released: February 12, 2008
Recorded live at concerts held at London’s Barbican in October 2007, this performance benefits from marvellous sound and shows Davis secure in his tempo choices and bringing that combination of solemnity, grandeur and drama to a work he particularly cares for. The orchestral playing is finely balanced and blended, the phrases nicely shaped.
— BBC Music Magazine
Using the traditional Süssmayr completion, infelicities and all, this is a grandly scaled, nobly contoured reading, by turns monumental and ferociously dramatic. With biting choral attack, searing, spitting strings and scything trumpets, the “Dies irae” has a terrifying intensity I have rarely heard equalled. The “Rex tremendae”, too, is overwhelming in its desperate fervour and grimly sustained impetus, with the inexorable dotted rhythms hewn from granite.
Richard Wigmore, Gramophone [6/2008]