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Mozart: Requiem Realisations / Cleobury


Release Date: 04/09/2013 
Label:  King's College Choir   Catalog #: 2   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartDuncan DruceMichael FinnissyRobert D. Levin,   ... 
Performer:  Elin Manahan ThomasChristine RiceJames GilchristChristopher Purves
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient MusicCambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge under conductor Stephen Cleobury presents a compelling second release. Here it performs Mozart Requiem (Süssmayr edition), followed by complete movement realizations by leading composers and musicologists including Michael Finnissy, Robert D. Levin and Duncan Druce. The recording features a stellar line up of guest soloists – Elin Manahan Thomas, Christine Rice, James Gilchrist, Christopher Purves – and the Academy of Ancient Music.

The release also features a unique bonus audio documentary about Mozart’s Requiem, narrated by Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano soloist, who recently toured with Eric Whitacre), with commentary illustrated by extracts of both the Requiem and the works that
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The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is one of the world’s foremost choirs and unquestionably among the most widely heard. It owes its existence to King Henry VI, who envisaged the daily singing of services in his magnificent chapel. This remains the Choir’s raison d’être, and is an important part of the lives of its 16 choristers, who are educated at King’s College School, and the 14 choral scholars and two organ scholars, who study a variety of subjects in the College. The Choir has been a breeding ground for numerous professional singers, two of whom – James Gilchrist and Christopher Purves – appear as soloists on this recording.

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Reviews:

The standard of the performance is high, so long as you want a liturgical version, one that might be used at a service. This is an educative set, and it is interesting to listen to the alternative versions.

– BBC Music Magazine

The 'Lacrimosa' from Michael Finnissy's recent realization truly whets the appetite for a complete recording. The Academy of Ancient Music provide solid support and choral scholars sing lustily.

– Gramophone Magazine

The 18 trebles of the King’s choir have a good cutting edge to their sound and overall they make a very good showing. Cleobury’s performance is, in the main, light on its feet.

– MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Requiem in D minor, K 626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano), Christine Rice (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor),
Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Benedictus by Duncan Druce
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano), Christine Rice (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor),
Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir
3.
Lacrimosa by Michael Finnissy
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano), Christine Rice (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor),
Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir
4.
Sanctus by Robert D. Levin
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano), Christine Rice (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor),
Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir
5.
Cum sanctis tuis by Robert D. Levin
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano), Christine Rice (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor),
Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir
6.
Amen by C. Richard F. Maunder
Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano), Christine Rice (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor),
Christopher Purves (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir

Sound Samples

Requiem: Introitus: Requiem
Requiem: Kyrie
Requiem: Dies irae
Requiem: Tuba mirum
Requiem: Rex tremendae
Requiem: Recordare
Requiem: Confutatis
Requiem: Lacrimosa
Requiem: Domine Jesu
Requiem: Hostias
Requiem: Sanctus
Requiem: Benedictus
Requiem: Agnus Dei
Requiem: Lux aeternam
Requiem: Cum sanctis tuis
Requiem: Amen (Fugue)
Requiem: Sanctus
Requiem: Benedictus
Requiem: Cum sanctis tuis
Requiem: Lacrimosa
Mozart?s Requiem - An Audio Documentary: Mozart in 1791 and the Commissioning of the Requiem
Mozart?s Requiem - An Audio Documentary: The Composition of the Requiem
Mozart?s Requiem - An Audio Documentary: Reception

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 Great Music May 6, 2013 By John T. (Dallas, TX) See All My Reviews "What could be better than Mozart and the Academy? More, more!" Report Abuse
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