Sir Colin Davis lends an immediate relentlessness to the sounds of despair that is already
apparent in the tense, pulsating opening bars, and which is taken to the very limits of
playability in the climactic Dies irae. While the swift tempi might appear rather surprising,
they serve to dampen any sort of opera-like sentimentality of which many recordings are
guilty. The consolatory timbre in the vocal parts make them come across as oases of calm
in the prevailing atmosphere of biting cold, fearsome drama, and flickering hope, all of
which breathes musical life into this mass for the dead.
Format : 1 LP / standard sleeve