Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts - Gardner
Chandos CHSA 5219
Classical - Vocal
Berlioz: Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5
Bror Magnus Tødenes (tenor)
Choir of Collegium Musicum
Edvard Grieg Kor
Royal Northern College of Music Chorus
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Musicians from Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Crescendo
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)
With this surround-sound recording of Berlioz’s Requiem, Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra tackle the infinite and the immeasurable.
All the grandiose, striking beauty of the Requiem’s large-scale ceremonial is encapsulated by first-class vocal and orchestral forces, fully utilising the spatial possibilities of Grieghallen in Bergen. The matching of space and sonority was one of Berlioz’s lasting obsessions, one experience in St Paul’s Cathedral in London throwing Berlioz into a delirium of emotion from which he took days to recover. His Grande Messe des morts, notorious for its requirement of four brass bands in addition to a large orchestra and chorus, taken here from live concerts, has often been seen as one of the most emotionally powerful works of its kind.
Setting a solemn and austere, even ascetic text, the music is not that of an orthodox believer but of a visionary, inspired by the dramatic implications of death and judgement.
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Recorded live during the Bergen International Festival from 21 to 24 May, 2018 at the Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway, 24/96
Recording producer: Brian Pidgeon
Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens
Assistant engineers: Gunnar Herleif Nilsen, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), and Stephen Rinker
Editor: Jonathan Cooper
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Microphones: Thuresson CM 402 (main sound); Schoeps MK22 / MK4 / MK6; DPA 4006 & 4011; Neumann U89
CM 402 microphones are hand built by the designer, Jörgen Thuresson, in Sweden
This recording was made with support from Grieg Foundation