Mozart: Requiem Realisations

Mozart: Requiem Realisations

by Choir of King's College, Cambridge
     
 

Putting aside preferences for particular performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Requiem in D minor," listeners will benefit from this presentation because it makes clear the differences between the familiar completion by Franz Xaver Süssmayr and modern scholarly restorations. Most recordings of the "Requiem" are based on the Süssmayr version, as edited by See more details below

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Putting aside preferences for particular performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Requiem in D minor," listeners will benefit from this presentation because it makes clear the differences between the familiar completion by Franz Xaver Süssmayr and modern scholarly restorations. Most recordings of the "Requiem" are based on the Süssmayr version, as edited by Johannes Brahms, so there is no shortage of examples for study. However, recordings of the modern realizations that feature the Lacrimosa as completed by Michael Finnissy, the Amen fugue as worked out by C. Richard F. Maunder, the Sanctus and Cum Sanctis Tuis as envisioned by Robert D. Levin, or the Benedictus as recomposed by Duncan Druce, are infrequently available and not guaranteed to stay in production. Not everyone will want a full performance by men and boys, even though the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, delivers a period-style rendition under the leadership of Stephen Cleobury, and they sound magnificent in the SACD format. Additionally, the vocal quartet of soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, tenor James Gilchrist, and bass-baritone Christopher Purves is almost evenly balanced and well-blended. Augmented with the alternate movements and coupled with a CD documenting the history of the "Requiem," this recording is an invaluable study guide for the newcomer as well as the connoisseur, who may be equally baffled by the controversies over Mozart's unfinished masterpiece. There are good reasons for debating the merits of various completions, but having the evidence laid out in a clear, coherent fashion makes this package indispensable. Highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/09/2013
Label:
King's College
UPC:
0822231700227
catalogNumber:
2
Rank:
168081

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  1. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa  - Michael Finnissy  - Franz Xaver Süssmayr  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Academy of Ancient Music  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Grace Hsiu  - Kate Caro  - Robin Osborne
  2. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Cum sanctis tuis  - Franz Xaver Süssmayr  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Academy of Ancient Music  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Robert Levin  - Grace Hsiu  - Kate Caro  - Robin Osborne
  3. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Benedictus  - Franz Xaver Süssmayr  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Academy of Ancient Music  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Duncan Druce  - James Gilchrist  - Christopher Purves  - Elin Manahan Thomas  - Christine Rice  - Grace Hsiu  - Kate Caro  - Robin Osborne
  4. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Sanctus  - Franz Xaver Süssmayr  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Franz Beyer  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Robert Levin  - Grace Hsiu  - Kate Caro  - Robin Osborne
  5. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Amen (Fugue)  - Franz Xaver Süssmayr  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Academy of Ancient Music  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Richard Maunder  - Grace Hsiu  - Kate Caro  - Robin Osborne
  6. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Franz Xaver Süssmayr  -  Academy of Ancient Music  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - James Gilchrist  - Christopher Purves  - Elin Manahan Thomas  - Christine Rice  - Grace Hsiu  - Kate Caro  - Robin Osborne

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