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Mozart: Requiem /Harnoncourt [Enhanced, Hybrid SACD, Live, SACD]

Gerald Finley , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Nikolaus Harnoncourt , Vienna Concentus Musicus , Christine Schäfer , et al. Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Vienna Concentus Musicus
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2004)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Hybrid SACD, Live, SACD
  • Label: Dhm
  • ASIN: B00022UO9I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Requiem - Anna Tomowa-Sintow
2. Kyrie
3. Dies Irae
4. Tuba Mirum
5. Rex Tremendae
6. Recordare
7. Confutatis
8. Lacrimosa
9. No. 1 Domine Jesu
10. No. 2 Hostias
11. Sanctus
12. Benedictus
13. Agnus Dei - Wiener Singverein
14. Lux Aeterna - Anna Tomowa-Sintow

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Beethoven called Mozart's Requiem "wild and terrible", and that's what we get in Harnoncourt's new recording. Ominous dread hangs from every note of the dark opening measures, the Rex tremendae and Confutatis are driven with terrifying strength, and the supplications of the Lacrimosa, with their weeping stabbings of the orchestra, are freighted with emotional power. The Tuba mirum duet of bass soloist and trombone has a beauty almost never achieved in other readings. Nor does Harnoncourt overstep the stylistic boundaries of this classical-era work; rather, the intensity is heightened for being in the idiom of its time. Call it a Romantic reading of a Classical piece that looks forward to a more unbuttoned era. The soloists couldn't be better; the orchestra is first-rate, the chorus, sensational, singing with a sense of color, line, and emotion. Harnoncourt uses the Beyer edition of Süssmayr's completion of the work, and Mozart's unfinished original manuscript can be! accessed via a CD-ROM track, which scrolls as the music plays. This release gets my vote as the best Mozart Requiem on disc, all the more impressive for being a live concert performance in excellent sound. --Dan Davis

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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This recording has received 'rave' reviews in both Gramophone (July 2004) and BBC Music Magazine (October 2004), and I refer you to these for 'expert' opinion, which mine is not.
No one who loves this monumental work will be satisfied with just one disc, and as readers of the Penguin Guide will know, there are many excellent recordings to choose from.
Why chose Harnoncourt? He comes with a certain reputation for stamping his personality on the works he conducts, which is not to everyone's taste.
But what he does do, especially in Mozart, is get away from a certain 'plush' 19th Century romanticism, which for me takes away the raw, elemental grandeur of works like the Requiem and the Great C Minor Mass.
Conducting the Concentus Musicus Wien, with a fine team of soloists, and backed by a superb recording, this should disc be at/near the top of any buyer's shortlist.
As a bonus, Harnoncourt writes his own notes, in which I found much that was new to me about the background, genesis, and 'completion' of what he calls Sussmayr's "stopgap solution".
In fact, what he uses here is "the new critical edition by Franz Beyer, which carefully corrects technical mistakes made by Sussmayr" but no more than that.
I would like to award six stars, but Amazon won't let me!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic, powerful, beautiful, liberating ... 3 Jun 2007
By Mark R. Bannister VINE VOICE
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As Harnoncourt notes in the inlay, it would indeed have been interesting to hear what music Mozart would have composed in his later years had he not died so tragically young. His requiem seems quite a departure from his usual style - it is dramatic, full of emotional power, and you will never forget the first time you hear it. The requiem has also served as an inspiration to many over the years, and continues to provide rich examples to students and even composers for today's movies, of how to reach the deepest most varied emotions in a musical score.

Harnoncourt's interpretation doesn't really come into its own until the Dies Irae. The Introitus isn't the best I've heard, the brass is too loud for my taste, and the ambience too dry. The choir and orchestra doesn't sound grand enough for this piece. The Kyrie suffers similarly, and seems to beg more drama than it was afforded in this recording.

However, the Dies Irae shatters the somewhat cautious opening, and suddenly our ears are opened to the full drama and flair that Harnoncourt is capable of. From this point on it is pure magic and beauty - the orchestra stabs and soothes, the choir soars and dances with the most vivid of colours, and soloists sing with such purity and clarity you can almost feel them plucking and wrenching your heart.

There are so many outstanding tracks on this album it is hard to pick a favourite, but if I had to, and while the Domine Jesu is a very close contender, it just loses out to the Confutatis - a vignette of ambivalent feelings, a piece that beautifully contrasts between powerful attack and majestic splendour, between war and peace, knowledge and innocence, adulthood and childhood, dark and light.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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There is a wonderful darkness to the album, yet clear in tone and quality in regards to sound quality. Very well put together version of this great music by Mozart/Harnoncourt, I think when Harnoncourt gets to the pearly gates Mozart will be there to shake his hands for this much needed raw, yet also refined version of this timeless classic.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have! 24 Dec 2009
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This is an astonishingly fresh and vibrant recording, with outstanding clarity of sound in every respect. This CD tops all recordings of this Requiem we've got on our shelves. If you like the sound of the Schoenberg Choir, try Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Harnoncourt; less convincing orchestra performance, for once, but great soloists and outstanding choir: no idea how a choir can achieve this lightness and ease!
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