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Mozart - Requiem

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Catalogue numberBIS-2091 SACD
Release date2014-11-01
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time74:34

Opus d'Or, Opus HD Magazine

“Taking its place as one of the finest period-instruments accounts, Suzuki’s is a vital, engaging and atmospheric reading.” International Record Review

Since its creation in 1791, Mozart’s Requiem has become one of the truly iconic works in the history of music. A prime reason for this is of course its musical qualities: as early as 1814 E.T.A. Hoffmann described the Requiem as ‘the most sublime achievement that the modern period has contributed to the church’. But even before that legends had begun to form around the work; that it was written to fulfil an anonymous commission – received through ‘an unknown, grey stranger’ – is the stuff of mystery novels, while the fact that Mozart fell ill and died while composing it has been exploited to great melodramatic effect. Among the numerous myths, one thing that we know for certain is that its first performance took place only a few days after Mozart’s death, at a memorial service for the composer. The performers used the composer’s incomplete autograph, but very soon attempts to complete the work were set in motion by Mozart’s widow. She first engaged Joseph Eybler and later Franz Xaver Süßmayr for the task, and in 1800 the Requiem appeared in print, in Süßmayr’s completion. This is still by far the most widely performed version, but it has also been severely criticized over the years, and many have tried to improve on it, or make their own versions based on the autograph. For this recording of the work, Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan commissioned a new performing edition. Masato Suzuki, himself a member of the BCJ and the son of Masaaki, has based his completion on Eybler’s and Süßmayr’s work, explaining his procedure in the liner notes to the disc. The recording was made at the Shoin Chapel in Kobe, where the team has previously recorded their complete cycle of Bach’s church cantatas. A stellar cast of soloists is headed by soprano Carolyn Sampson, who also shines in the famous soprano aria Laudate Dominum – one of the highlights of Vesperae solennes de confessore which conclude the disc.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  Requiem, K626 (1791) 45:29
01 I. Introitus: Requiem 04:22 $ 0.92 USD
02 II. Kyrie 02:20 $ 0.49 USD
03 III. Sequentia - 1. Dies irae 01:56 $ 0.41 USD
04 III. Sequentia - 2. Tuba mirum 02:49 $ 0.59 USD
05 III. Sequentia - 3. Rex tremendae 01:57 $ 0.41 USD
06 III. Sequentia - 4. Recordare 04:04 $ 0.85 USD
07 III. Sequentia - 5. Confutatis 02:18 $ 0.48 USD
08 III. Sequentia - 6. Lacrimosa 03:06 $ 0.65 USD
09 III. Sequentia - 7. Amen 00:58 $ 0.20 USD
10 IV. Offertorium - 1. Domine Jesu 03:09 $ 0.66 USD
11 IV. Offertorium - 2. Hostias 03:15 $ 0.68 USD
12 V. Sanctus 01:22 $ 0.29 USD
13 VI. Benedictus 05:09 $ 1.08 USD
14 VII. Agnus Dei 03:35 $ 0.75 USD
15 VIII. Communio: Lux aeterna 05:09 $ 1.08 USD
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  Vesperae solennes de confessore, K339 (1780) 24:34
16 I. Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109) 04:09 $ 0.87 USD
17 II. Confitebor (Psalm 110) 04:10 $ 0.88 USD
18 III. Beatus vir (Psalm 111) 04:45 $ 1.00 USD
19 IV. Laudate pueri (Psalm 112) 03:08 $ 0.66 USD
20 V. Laudate Dominum (Psalm 116) 04:08 $ 0.87 USD
21 VI. Magnificat 04:14 $ 0.89 USD
22 Tuba mirum from Requiem, alternative version 02:51 $ 0.60 USD
  Album total 74:34
ComposerMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan

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