Can anyone recommend a good version of this on CD? I have two versions, a 1962 Karajan/BPO version on DG, and a newly purchased 1986 Telarc version with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. I've always liked the Requiem a lot, but the Karajan version is rather poorly recorded. I bought the Telarc version hoping for better sound quality but when I listened to it last night I was seriously disappointed by both sound quality and the performance - sound is very muffled and indistinct (even the soloists), sounding like it was recorded in a gigantic padded room with the microphone on the opposite end of the room (maybe wrapped in a pillow for good measure...), and the performance is just completely lifeless and uninspiring. By comparison the Karajan performance is absolutely spellbinding and incredibly passionate and involving - but it's let down by some serious dodginess in the sound quality department. Not sure what it is, but it just sounds [i]bad[/i] for the most part (though it seems to do a good job reproducing the acoustic of the performance, and occasionally the soloists' voices sound clear enough, so I'm really not sure what the problem was).\r\n\r\nIt may be a tall order, but I'd like to find a version that has similar passion and energy to the Karajan performance but with top notch sound quality. Can anyone recommend a release for me to look into?\r\n\r\nCheers,\r\n\r\nDunc\r\n\r\nP.S. - What's up with the Telarc disc?? Why does it sound so poor? I thought Telarc were meant to be renouned for their high sound quality?