C1099. BRUNO WALTER Cond. Met Opera Chorus & Orch.; Zinka Milanov / Heidi Krall (replacing Milanov after 'Lachrymosa'), Rosalind Elias, Carlo Bergonzi & Giorgio Tozzi: MANZONI REQUIEM (Verdi). (Italy) Istituto Discografico Italiano IDIS 6575, Live Performance, 29 March, 1959, (Private Recording from Prompter's Box; not a broadcast performance). Very long out-of-print, Final Rare Sealed Copy! - 8021945002036
"On Easter Sunday, Milanov took part in the REQUIEM through the 'Dies Irae'. Her voice showed noticeable strain on the high notes in the 'Recordare' and the 'Lachrymosa', and she collapsed near the end of the movement, to be replaced by Krall. Through it all, Walter kept the whole musical machine running smoothly, [as this recording shows]....[Walter's] impassioned grunts and often audible comments to the soloists suggest a man fully engaged in the act of making music."
- Howard Taubman, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 28 March, 1959 [reviewing the initial performance, 27 March]