Mozart: Requiem

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Barnes & Noble - Benjamin Ivry
There is nothing like hearing a top-flight orchestra and chorus play a masterpiece like Mozart's Requiem. On this new disc, recorded live at a concert in memory of Herbert von Karajan, the Berlin Philharmonic brings resonance and weight to Mozart's dramatic yet soothing work. The orchestra's uniquely dark-toned sound is perfectly suited to music of such majesty. Although the orchestra is the real star of this recording, many people will buy this disc for Bryn Terfel's performance. The baritone stretches his fine voice to fit a part usually sung by basses like Alexander Kipnis or Karl Ridderbusch. Resonantly hitting even the lowest notes, Terfel sounds like Mozart's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Benjamin Ivry
There is nothing like hearing a top-flight orchestra and chorus play a masterpiece like Mozart's Requiem. On this new disc, recorded live at a concert in memory of Herbert von Karajan, the Berlin Philharmonic brings resonance and weight to Mozart's dramatic yet soothing work. The orchestra's uniquely dark-toned sound is perfectly suited to music of such majesty. Although the orchestra is the real star of this recording, many people will buy this disc for Bryn Terfel's performance. The baritone stretches his fine voice to fit a part usually sung by basses like Alexander Kipnis or Karl Ridderbusch. Resonantly hitting even the lowest notes, Terfel sounds like Mozart's Figaro let loose at a church service. This operatic approach fits conductor Claudio Abbado's weighty, emphatic interpretation. Tenor Michael Schade elegantly dispatches his part, while not erasing memories of greats like Werner Krenn and Christoph Prégardien. The Swedish Radio Choir, a lively, agile group, sings with point. As part of the concert's memorial theme, this program also offers the sensitive vocalizing of soprano Rachel Harnisch in two brief Mozart works, "Betracht dies Herz" from "Grabmusik" and the popular choral work, "Laudate Dominum" from the "Vesperae solennes." With these affecting performances, Abbado has just not memorialized Karajan, he may have outdone the old maestro!
All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Essentially following the Süssmayr completion of Mozart's "Requiem in D minor," but incorporating aspects of scholarly revisions by Franz Beyer and Robert D. Levin, Claudio Abbado leads the Swedish Radio Choir and the Berlin Philharmonic in a satisfying performance that strikes a balance between two schools of thought. On the one hand, using Süssmayr's edition is the conventional approach and long sanctioned because it contained Mozart's deathbed instructions, however imperfectly realized by his assistant. On the other hand, thanks to Beyer and Levin, there are refinements to the score that improve on Süssmayr's handiwork, mostly in making the harmonic progressions and orchestration flow more smoothly and idiomatically, and in particular, in handling the trombone parts with greater flexibility. Abbado's tempos are a bit faster than traditional recorded versions, which is more in keeping with historically informed scholarship, and the overall feeling of the performance is light and lucid, despite the retention of a full-sized chorus and orchestra. The soloists -- sopranos Karita Mattila and Rachel Harnisch, mezzo-soprano Sara Mingardo, tenor Michael Schade, and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel -- are about as polished, evenly blended, and expressively controlled as anyone could wish, and the choir is transparent in line and clean in pronunciation. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is DDD and remarkably detailed in the gorgeously resonant acoustics of the Salzburg Cathedral.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028946318126
  • Catalog Number: 463181
  • Sales rank: 48,141

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–14 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Claudio Abbado (47:59)
  2. 2 Grabmusik, cantata for soloists, choir & orchestra, K. 42 (K. 35a): Betracht dies Herz - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Claudio Abbado (4:11)
  3. 3 Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Claudio Abbado (4:30)
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Claudio Abbado Primary Artist
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