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The young Maderna conceived his hour-long requiem while interned during the war by the SS, and the work was long thought lost. luckily, this intensely moving work survives, encompassing a vast emotional terrain: a searing, Stravinskian Dies irae contrasting with the lyrical simplicity of the Benedictus and Agnus Dei. If not on the level of Britten’s War Requiem, it deserves a wide audience: if some of the solo singing and the German radio sound are not on the level of the best of today’s choral recordings, this is nevertheless an important release.

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