Herbert von Karajan's early recordings of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
's "Requiem in D minor" were made with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
, but for his 1986 digital recording, he turned to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
and the Wiener Singverein
for his last big reading of the Süssmayr
completion. Some may regard this interpretation as grandiose and excessively operatic in style, while others will find it reverent and moving. But most will agree that Karajan's approach avoids any textual modifications from period scholarship and must be considered a conventional, mainstream reading, especially since Karajan's interpretation is much more Romantic, expansive, and sentimental than those of his contemporaries. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is big and spacious, but it makes the orchestra seem muddy.