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Die CD TE Deum von Berlioz ist ordentlich, allerdings bereits von 1982, was mir beim bestellen nicht klar war. Im Mittelteil ist die Aufnahme sehr piano, dass man meint, die CD ist zuende. Da wir das Werk im Chor selber singen wollen, hilft mir die CD beim "Selbststudium" sehr gut Schnellste Lieferung, keine Probleme. Gerne wieder.
Berlioz’s Te Deum is a monumental piece of work: it last approximately forty-five to fifty minutes and requires an enormous choir. For this recording, a total of NINE choirs are featured (six of them being school/church boys’ choirs). Half of the Te Deum is loud, vivacious, and definitely divine. The other half is softer and much mellower, which helps give the audience a little room to breathe. From time to time, I detest live recordings because of little mistakes done by the musicians that can only be redone in the studio. The noise from the audience is a big downer as well: how many times do we have to hear that one guy who seriously needs some cough medicine ASAP? But this DG release (which gives us a performance from the early 1980’s) gives us none of that. Only the orchestra and the singers make noise. The audience is completely silent. One does have to doubt if this really is a LIVE recording at all. Also worth mentioning is the first-rate sound quality by DG. It’s immaculate. There is a good balance between orchestra, choir, solo organ, and solo tenor. Everyone is given equal importance.
The late Claudio Abbado blends a mystical element with Berlioz’s typical ruggedness together with no interruptions. It’s not a straightforward account as the music itself is loud and energetic to begin with. Still, Abbado doesn’t grow gluttonous with the hot-bloodedness of the score, nor does he slow things down to a turtle’s pace. This is truly remarkable conducting from one of the unforgettable masters of this generation.
The European Community Youth Orchestra may sound like an amateur ensemble, but hearing this recording will make you change your mind. The strings and woodwinds are beautiful, while the brass is loud (REALLY loud) and robust. The orchestra works as a well-oiled machine pumped with adrenaline. Meanwhile, the nine choirs sound absolutely huge. Their voices are heard loud and clear. Their professionalism really shine in this recording. The solo tenor (Francisco Araiza) and solo organist (Martin Haselbock) have also done a splendid job with their specific roles.