Anton Bruckner, Guiseppe Verdi - Te Deum/Te Deum

Wednesday 1st January 2003
Anton Bruckner, Guiseppe Verdi - Te Deum/Te Deum

STYLE: Classical
RATING 4 4 4 4
LABEL: Apex 8573891282

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

Your reviewer, being a simple soul, is puzzled. Why put these two pieces together? True, they are both "Te Deum"s but, beyond being by dead European males of the late 19th century, there is little to connect them. The Bruckner is a fine piece and is given a rousing performance by the Chor des Musikvereins, Bielefeld and the Philharmonia Hungarica. The Verdi, however, sounds lack lustre and suffers from being ripped out of its context of the Quattro Pezzi Sacri. The disc times in at 40 minutes which, even on a budget re-issue, is less than generous. The Bruckner is worth hearing but would have been better coupled with a different piece than the Verdi.

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