I do not really know the Berlioz’s Requiem well. I think I heard it onece and did not develop any specials taste to it. It might be coming, who knows…
Ironically I have the same feeling for Pavarotti. Sure I heard a lot of him but I never did too much to me. Pavarotti was questionably superbly gifted singer with a phenomenal voice. Still I head a many of his recordings where he took advantage of his stunning vocal capacity and where he did not really was “trying”. I prefer a singer really “tries” to push himself/herself to the boundary of own capacity and to lay down for a role. Then, even the personal aptitude might not be as great as Mr. Pavarotti had but the total result I found is much more appreciateable, at least by me …
I would certainly would not say that whatever Pavarotti did was “shallow”. His easy works were extremely good and I still have and cherish his early recordings, like Rossini’s William Tell from, I think, beginning of 80s … Still, Pavarotti wasn’t for me a person who assured a citrine level of operatic “quality”….
Hey, Ronny of, you a Pavarotti fan then here is a rare gem from my collection. It is surprisingly not early recording but from the end of 90 and Pavarotti sings not with orchestra but accompanied by %100 Casio electronic keyboard- syntesator. However, this seldom example in 90s when Pavarotti did care and you will able to hear the result. It is a song about Caruso I think; the Italian-spiking folks could correct me… It is 16/44 file and you might play it on your regular PC.
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche