C0099. EUGENE ORMANDY Cond. Philadelphia Orch., w.Cesare Valletti: Requiem (Berlioz). Sony SBK 62 659, recorded 1964, Philadelphia Athletic Club. Final copy! - 074646265925
"This Requiem set's the tone for Good Friday in a luminous and often moving performance. The brilliant Philadelphia Orchestra and the added four brass ensembles further exhalt this highly theatrical performance. Ormandy's coolness in the quiet sections and thundering in the Lacrymosa and Tuba Mirum grip the mood and chill the spine. Thus Ormandy displayed the genius of Berlioz as a master in painting in brass and subdued percussion. The Temple University Concert Choir sang with conviction, clarity and sensitivity. The tenor, Cesare Valletti, was spectacular!"
“Cesare Valletti was the most elegant and versatile tenore di grazia of his time; Italy has produced nothing like him since his short career ended. He started in the late ‘40s, came to the Met in 1953, and left in 1960 after a dispute with Rudolf Bing….[he] refused all offers to come back to the Met….Valletti sings fluently in Italian, French, German, Spanish, and English. He was regarded an exemplary French stylist in his time, but his perfect English is even more surprising.”
- Ralph V. Lucano, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2008