W. A. Mozart: Requiem

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
While conventional performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's unfinished "Requiem in D minor" are based on the workmanlike but heavy-handed completion by his student, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, the modern scholarly version by Robert D. Levin has been increasingly favored by historically oriented groups. In addition to a leaner choral sound and more transparent orchestration with appropriate stylistic details, Levin's realization includes an idiomatic fleshing out of the Lacrimosa, an Amen fugue to close the Sequence, and thoroughly revised counterpoint and instrumentation for the Sanctus, Agnus Dei, and Communion. This United Classics disc of the performance by the Bachchor ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
While conventional performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's unfinished "Requiem in D minor" are based on the workmanlike but heavy-handed completion by his student, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, the modern scholarly version by Robert D. Levin has been increasingly favored by historically oriented groups. In addition to a leaner choral sound and more transparent orchestration with appropriate stylistic details, Levin's realization includes an idiomatic fleshing out of the Lacrimosa, an Amen fugue to close the Sequence, and thoroughly revised counterpoint and instrumentation for the Sanctus, Agnus Dei, and Communion. This United Classics disc of the performance by the Bachchor Mainz and L'Arpa Festante Münchinger, directed by Ralf Otto, may be considered a reasonably satisfying attempt at fulfilling Mozart's intentions, as well as they can be known. The lightness of the textures and the interplay of instruments are more characteristic of Mozart, and Levin's changes from Süssmayr's version are obvious improvements. But the performance is decidedly on the cautious side, with a restraint in some passages that is unnecessarily light and nuanced. Listeners who are used to historically informed performances will find this rendition subtle and refined, though traditionalists may complain that it isn't robust enough to compare with their preferred performances. While the original release of this performance was a hybrid SACD, this reissue is a standard CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2013
  • Label: United Classics
  • EAN: 8713545230062
  • Catalog Number: 2013006
  • Sales rank: 199,935

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–14 Requiem for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 626 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Bachchor Mainz (50:15)
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Performance Credits
Bachchor Mainz Primary Artist
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