|1. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: I. Introitus: Requiem|
|2. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: II. Kyrie|
|3. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: III. Sequentia: Dies Irae|
|4. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: III. Sequentia: Tuba Mirum|
|5. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: III. Sequentia: Rex Tremendae|
|6. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: III. Sequentia: Recordare, Jesu pie|
|7. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: III. Sequentia: Confutatis Maledictis|
|8. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: III. Sequentia: Lacrimosa|
|9. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: IV. Offertorium: Domine Jesu|
|10. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: IV. Offertorium: Domine Hostias|
|11. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: V. Sanctus|
|12. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: VI. Benedictus|
|13. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: VII. Agnus Dei|
|14. Requiem, KV 626 In D Minor: VIII. Communio : Lux Aeterna|
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.4 x 14.2 x 1.19 cm; 96.1 Grams
- Manufacturer : Philips
- Item model number : 1990224
- Original Release Date : 1991
- Label : Philips
- ASIN : B000004137
- Number of discs : 1
- Customer Reviews:
This recording of the Süssmayr completion of Mozart's beloved Requiem remains one of the most interpretively faithful and musically satisfying versions in the catalog. Sir Neville Marriner, whose contribution to the soundtrack of the film Amadeus helped launch a worldwide Mozart revival, delivers Mozart's inspired music with a masterful command of style and substance. He's not trying to prove anything, but rather lets the music deliver its own profound and moving messages. --David Vernier
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It's a wonderfully dramatic recording. This comes from the same conductor who recorded the soundtrack to Amadeus, of course. It is also a dark sounding record, while most the period-instrument recordings available of KV. 626 are rather light, airy, and superficial for a death mass. While this may be a powerful modern-instrument rendition, it is not a romanticized as Karajan's, which is a good thing.
The soloists are first rate. McNair's voice is perfect in intoning the "Te Decet" with her explicit calmness, yet tacit darkness and tension that you cannot get from Monica Groop, Ruth Ziesak, or Emma Kirkby.
The conducting is careful and the tempi are perfect. You never need to worry about Marriner going to slow as other modern-instrument conductors do. I have never heard a "Recordare" more radiantly executed, or a "Kyrie" with such driving force, or even a technically challenging movement such as the "Domine Jesu" handled with such precision.
The choir is also the strongest choir I've heard sing Mozart's Requiem. This chorus can invoke fear, while other choirs sound either too large or too amateurish for such a piece.
Regarding sound quality, I have never had a problem with the sound as it sound just a beautiful as any other record in my collection. Maybe it is the resonance of the record, but it does definitely give the record the sound of a large church interior, which is quite appropriate for the music. Although this recording does NOT seem to have any sound or noise deficiencies.
Anywho, on with the review.
The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-fields Choir is astounding. And with the good Sir Mariner at the head, they can do no wrong. Their performance is impeccable from the slow dark tones of Tuba Mirum to the powerful Rex Tremendae, and everywhere in between.
This is not one of those "good for any kind of mood" pieces of music. If you're willing to sit down and listen to the musicality of it all, it will lift your spirits like nothing else. If however, you listen "superficially," odds are it will either depress the heck out of you or perpetuate your current ill state of mind.
Don't get me wrong! This is some of the best music in the world! But you must bear in mind that it is a Requiem mass - a mass for dead people. It's fantastic music, but not "happy" music.
All in all, this is just about as good as it gets. If you like classical music, and don't already have this recording of this piece, don't leave your seat until you order it. For everyone else, that goes for you, too. I mean that! I want you to have this CD!
The sound quality of the recording is excellent (DDD). I found myself wishing for more from the tenors in a few places, but that is simply a matter of taste.