BN.com Gift Guide

Mozart: Requiem

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
In a marketplace well supplied with recordings of Mozart's "Requiem in D minor, K. 626," this one does indeed live up to its claim of standing out. It's one of just a few recordings done with a mixed choir of boys and men, and on top of that the soloists are drawn from the choir, lessening the contrast between them. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is a small group, here using period instruments. There certainly would have been performances of sacred music with these forces in the Vienna of Mozart's time, and annotator and conductor Edward Higginbottom notes that an account of the performance of the "Requiem" that was eventually arranged after Mozart's death ...
See more details below
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $9.87   
  • New (3) from $9.87   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
In a marketplace well supplied with recordings of Mozart's "Requiem in D minor, K. 626," this one does indeed live up to its claim of standing out. It's one of just a few recordings done with a mixed choir of boys and men, and on top of that the soloists are drawn from the choir, lessening the contrast between them. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is a small group, here using period instruments. There certainly would have been performances of sacred music with these forces in the Vienna of Mozart's time, and annotator and conductor Edward Higginbottom notes that an account of the performance of the "Requiem" that was eventually arranged after Mozart's death refers to them only by their last names, something that would have been unusual applied to female soloists. The arguments in favor of this mode of performance are by no means definitive. Hearing the soprano and alto solos sung by boys of average accomplishments is unexpected to say the least, and the singer Mozart most likely had in mind, here as in his other sacred choral music, was his wife Constanze herself, a soprano of considerable talent. This is by any measure a somewhat placid reading of a very stormy work. But what makes this novel reading worth the perfect Mozartian's time is the way Higginbottom makes his forces fit with the parts of the "Requiem" completed, mostly by Franz Xaver Süssmayr, after Mozart's death. The general consensus has been that the completion a is less than fully satisfactory, but b reflects something more than simply Süssmayr's best effort; he was present during Mozart's last days and, according to Constanze's testimony, discussed at least some ideas for the remainder of the work. Higginbottom's interpretation increases what might be called the likely Mozart content. He doesn't claim that all the music is Mozart's, which is manifestly not the case, but rather deploys the voices and the historical instruments in such a way as to make the best possible case for the later parts of the mass, to suppose that Mozart, so to speak, had participated in the first round of hacking down inchoate material to finished musical sculpture. And indeed these parts of the mass are quite fresh in the hands of these performers. Sample the Sanctus and Benedictus and note especially Higginbottom's subtle treatment of the period brasses, which in most modern-instrument readings come off as heavy and ham-handed in their writing. Does it make the case? You may say yes or no or both on multiple hearings, but the performance is worth hearing out. Again, there's nothing here to close the book on the vexed question of how the "Requiem" should sound, and this is probably not a good recording for newcomers. For those who think they've heard it all in the "Requiem," though, it's recommended.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2011
  • Label: Nosag Records
  • UPC: 609728845292
  • Catalog Number: 1383
  • Sales rank: 102,532

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–14 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Choir of New College, Oxford (48:36)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Edward Higginbottom Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously