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Mozart: Requiem

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  • Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
  • Composer: W.A.Mozart
  • Audio CD (31 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Novum
  • ASIN: B004ZQJ4MA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Requiem in D Minor, K626 - Various Performers

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This distinctive recording of Mozart s last great work can claim to be unique in two defining ways: the use of soloists drawn from the chorus, as in Mozart's day including young male singers for the soprano and alto solos combined with a period orchestra. These are not idle historical gestures. The contemporary virtues of this approach are consistency in the sound-world between chorus and solo ensemble, and homogeneity of style between period ensemble (here the superlative Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and period chorus. The musical text employed is Süssmayr s completion of Mozart' s unfinished score what Christoph Wolff has called the only document that represents the genuine musical truth of the unfinished work .

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Thanks partly to the secrecy of its commission, and partly to his having died before its completion, Mozart's Requiem is one of music's most tantalising pieces, prompting eternal dispute as to which parts were written by Mozart. Edward Higginbottom has opted to ignore the plethora of more recent completions in favour of Süssmayr's "official" version, his faithfulness extending to drawing individual soloists from the choir, even using male voices for the higher parts. It's an interesting exercise which perhaps pays greatest dividends in the "Benedictus" section employing just the quartet of soloists. *** --Independent,17/06/11

A 'unique'Requiem performed entirely by men and boys.The choir is full-throated and admirably secure. --Gramophone,Oct'11

Higginbottom thinks Sussmayr's additions to Mozart's incomplete score have been over-censured and his fine church-style reading,with soloists drawn from the choir,achieves greater unity than most. **** --BBC Music Magazine,Nov'11

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SMM on 28 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Focused clarity of texture, good bright sound and brisk tempi make this an exhilerating listen, but the chief excellence is that this is an expert, committed choir who sing liturgically as a matter of daily course, giving the performance carefully honed balance and thrilling authenticity. All solo parts are sung by two highly accomplished boys - Jonty Ward and James Swash - and men from the choir - Guy Cutting and Jonathan Howard, who all sing with clean articulation, totally secure technique and beautiful sense of line, plus bags of drama. Edward Higginbottom does not see the Requiem in any sense as an opera manque, or a vehicle for big name soloists to strut their stuff. From fastidious attention to detail in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenemnt's playing to the New College Choir's confident attack, this is above all a Mozart Requiem for the cognoscenti.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MikiJimi on 9 Dec. 2013
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As the greatest musician who ever lived lay dying, with his recently commissioned Requiem Mass incomplete, Mozart gave instructions to his Musical Assistant, Sussmayer, as to how he wished his final work to evolve. This magnificent recording features this "original" score (one of many) and to my ears it definitely has all the hallmarks of a genuine Mozart composition. New College Oxford are very enthusiastic about Mozart's music and this shines through very brightly on this gorgeous CD. All the soprano solos are performed by boy choristers (a practice with which Mozart would have been very familiar).The boys sing beautifully with remarkable confidence and self assurance, but also with real sensitivity and feeling. They are a credit to the choir and they make a valuable contribution to the overall excellence of this disc. The choir are faultless and the instrumentation and sound balance are perfect. If you are looking for an authentic, brilliant and above all, deeply moving account of this important work, then look no further. 5 stars? This deserves all the stars in the Milky Way!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fleming on 14 Jan. 2013
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Many of Mozart's works are sublimely moving, and this is no exception. The Requiem is a work of staggering dramatic tension, with frequent shifts in key and tempo tearing you this way and that. But of all the versions I have heard, this is the most beautiful by far, with the muted tones of period instruments perfectly balanced against the rousing voices of the choir. If I have one gripe it would be with the jaunty pace of the Tuba mirum, which loses some of its gravitas as a result. But that impression fades into insignificance as the voices take over, topped by the unbelievable lucidity of Jonty Ward's treble. How a boy of that age can sing with such immense compassion and profound empathy is beyond comprehension; the result is a thing of unspeakable beauty. As a footnote, I would comment on the fine packaging of this CD (including booklet insert and no plastic casing), which does full justice to the quality of the recording. Hats off to everyone involved.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Major T. T. Hallchurch on 26 Jun. 2011
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This recording lives up to the excellence and attention to detail expected of Professor Edward Higginbottom and the musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Jonty Ward is one of the best chorister trebles I have heard and the other soloists from the choir are also fine singers. Using "in house" soloists has saved on the cost of well known soloists but has not diminished the final product. A must for any CD collection.

Tim Hallchurch
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JMJ on 12 Feb. 2012
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This is a beautiful recording of this stunning work. I wasn't expecting the soloists to be drawn from the choir however and for the treble and alto to be youngsters. This did not detract from my liking of this recording but if it was to be my sole experience of this work, I would probably choose a more conventional recording.
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