About the album
Sir Colin Davis is a revered Berlioz expert and his LSO live Berlioz recordings have been one of the most widely acclaimed series' of classical recordings of recent years and collected numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards for Les Troyens.
The release of the monumental Grande Messe des morts marks the completion of this cycle and further confirms Sir Colin's status as one of the greatest living conductors of Berlioz's music.
Recorded in St Paul's Cathedral, a fitting acoustic for the work, the London Symphony Orchestra opened the 50th anniversary of the City of London Festival with the requiem, joined by English lyric tenor Barry Banks and two of London's finest choirs, the London Symphony Chorus and London Philharmonic Choir.
Grand Messe des Morts is a popular Berlioz creation, yet remains a rare and special treat. A requiem whose text derives from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass, it was composed, uniquely, by a man with no firm religi
11Grande Messe des morts: I. Requiem et Kyrie
12Grande Messe des morts: II. Dies irae
13Grande Messe des morts: III. Quid sum miser
14Grande Messe des morts: IV. Rex tremendae
15Grande Messe des morts: V. Quaerens me
16Grande Messe des morts: VI. Lacrymosa
17Grande Messe des morts: VII. Offertoire (Domine Jesu Christe)
18Grande Messe des morts: VIII. Hostias
19Grande Messe des morts: IX. Sanctus
110Grande Messe des morts: X. Agnus Dei