Mozart: Requiem (Hybrid SACD, Enhanced)

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Nikolaus Harnoncourt has claimed that this Mozart Requiem is the best recording he's made yet -- and that's saying a lot, given just how much he's recorded over the past four decades. In any case, it's a thrillingly dramatic reading, one that presents Mozart's music as equally defiant and supplicating, with often revelatory results. Listening closely, one notices, for example, the huge, gasping melodic leaps of the violins in the opening "Introitus," as well as the stomach-churning figures that underlie the "Confutatis." Yet there is tenderness, too, as in the ineffably sad "Lacrimosa," which sways gently here, like the rhythmic motions of a mourner. Harnoncourt...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Nikolaus Harnoncourt has claimed that this Mozart Requiem is the best recording he's made yet -- and that's saying a lot, given just how much he's recorded over the past four decades. In any case, it's a thrillingly dramatic reading, one that presents Mozart's music as equally defiant and supplicating, with often revelatory results. Listening closely, one notices, for example, the huge, gasping melodic leaps of the violins in the opening "Introitus," as well as the stomach-churning figures that underlie the "Confutatis." Yet there is tenderness, too, as in the ineffably sad "Lacrimosa," which sways gently here, like the rhythmic motions of a mourner. Harnoncourt has assembled a fine quartet of young but experienced soloists, all pure voiced and incisively dramatic. The choir is not large, but its tone is so sharply focused that it still makes a tremendous sonic impact, while also allowing for clarity in the contrapuntal writing. Also deserving of special mention is the conductor's own period-instrument ensemble, the Concentus Musicus of Vienna, whose lean, edgy sonority adds a palpable sense of urgency to Mozart's final musical utterance. Not to be missed.
New York Times - James R. Oestreich
Excellent.... Mr. Harnoncourt, more often encountered conducting modern orchestras these days, leads his venerable period band, the Concentus Musicus Wien, and the Arnold Schönberg Choir in a performance that is gripping from the start, often in an understated way.
Gramophone - Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
The main difference between [Harnoncourt's two recordings of the Requiem] is the interpretive assurance of his latest version; it is far more perspicacious in its message, the articulation characterising the music with greater rhetorical awareness.... Harnoncourt allows a curious and enigmatic undertow of human vulnerability to emerge, one which presents Mozart's valedictory essay in a striking new light.
Time Out New York - Marion Lignana Rosenberg
From the doleful beauty of the basset horns in its uneasy opening measures to the gasping, faltering Lacrimosa and an Agnus Dei of almost Gothic darkness, Harnoncourt's lithe but tense take on the Requiem is a stinging rebuke to the genteel, prettified version of Mozart set forth by conventional wisdom.
Classic FM Magazine - Emma Baker
[September 2004 Disc of the Month] This has to be one of the most vividly moving recordings of the Requiem ever put on disc – and there are plenty in the catalogue. There’s a sense of urgent finality from the very first, gently tragic bars, and Harnoncourt’s imaginative tempos make you listen to this well-known work with fresh ears.

The main difference between [Harnoncourt's two recordings of the Requiem] is the interpretive assurance of his latest version; it is far more perspicacious in its message, the articulation characterising the music with greater rhetorical awareness.... Harnoncourt allows a curious and enigmatic undertow of human vulnerability to emerge, one which presents Mozart's valedictory essay in a striking new light.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765870528
  • Catalog Number: 58705
  • Sales rank: 22,457

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–14 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Arnold Schoenberg Choir (50:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nikolaus Harnoncourt Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clipped to the point of absurdity.

    Listening to this version of the venerable Mozart Requiem was disappointing. Although the music is clear, the choir and voice soloists seem be so intent on being abrupt that they lend a disoncerting sing-song texture to each track. The normally flowing music is attacked by voices so filled with staccato brevity that it makes this beautiful music seem small and absurd.

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