Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem

This BBC recording comes from a concert recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in 1983, during Jesús López-Cobos' tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It is by no means negligible as an account, but there are literally scores of recordings of this master-work and many are more recommendable than this despite its merits.

There is no doubting the energy, commitment and professionalism of the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra; both are superb. López-Cobos has never been the most innovative or adventurous of conductors and he directs a competent and unexceptional performance here which belongs in the reverential, devotional camp; turning to really inspirational conductors like Bernstein or Toscanini will reveal what is missing if you prefer a more urgent, Dante-esque scenario.

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