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Mozart: Requiem; Bruckner: Te Deum / Barenboim

Mozart / Fischer-dieskau / Armstrong
Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 332932   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Anton BrucknerWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anne PashleyDon GarrardRobert TearNicolai Gedda,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Barenboim’s Mozart Requiem seldom gets mentioned in the Best Requiem Sweepstakes, especially now that the period instrument gang has taken over the classical repertoire, but it does not deserve to be forgotten. In the first place, it has possibly the best lineup of soloists yet gathered on disc: Sheila Armstrong, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. It doesn’t get any better than that. Besides, it has always struck me as odd to insist on an authentic performance of a Mozart work much of which isn’t by Mozart at all, but that’s another story I guess. Second, Barenboim leads a thrilling interpretation by any standard. from the wild Dies irae (sound clip) right through to the final Lux asterna. Toss in superb choral Read more singing, and you have one of the great Requiem recordings, whether anyone mentions it or not.

However, what makes this reissue even more special is the presence of one of the best-ever versions of Bruckner’s Te Deum. Essentially there are three great recordings of this epic choral extravaganza: Jochum’s (DG), Karajan’s analog Berlin recording (also DG), and this one. Barenboim also re-recorded the piece digitally for DG, and very well too, but this version has notable warmth to the engineering, a natural balance between orchestra and organ, the fabulous New Philharmonia Chorus, and in general a barbaric splendor that’s pretty much unmatched (sound clip). It’s a potent reminder of just how exciting a conductor Barenboim could be, even at the start of his podium career, and if the soloists (Anne Pashley, Birgit Finnilä, Robert Tear, Don Garrard) aren’t quite as splendid as on the Requiem, they still sing very well, especially as an ensemble in the concluding section. A great disc.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Te Deum in C major, WAB 45 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Anne Pashley (), Don Garrard (), Robert Tear ()
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1884; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/04/1969 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 22 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Requiem in D minor, K 626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (), Sheila Armstrong (), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (),
Dame Janet Baker ()
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 54 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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