1791 was a busy year for Mozart. Already working on Die Zauberflöte and under deadline to deliver La Clemenza di Tito, he received a commission for a requiem. However, Mozart's untimely death left his Requiem unfinished. The work was completed by Franz Xaver Süssmayr, a copyist and composer who was working with Mozart on his operas. Although commonly performed and recorded, Süssmayr's version has never been embraced by scholars. In 2016, René Jacobs championed a new version of the work as completed by young French composer Pierre-Henri Dutron. It was performed for audiences in a series of five concerts around Europe and met with widespread acclaim. The harmonia mundi label is proud to present its worldRead more première studio recording, featuring Maestro Jacobs leading the Freiburger Barockorchester.
Jacobs’s conducting uses textural variation, urgent but flexibly shaped phrasing, and the odd trick of rhetorical timing to keep the work light, briskly flowing and human in scale. As ever he has plenty of ideas, and the lithe and alert playing of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the firm singing of the RIAS Chamber Choir ensure that he is able to realize them with clarity and effective control of detail.
The 2016 revision by Pierre-Henri Dutron of Mozart/Sussmayr's Requiem, K. 626 performed here, includes noticeable changes throughout, particularly from the ending of the Lacrimosa onward, and a major reworking of counterpoint and orchestration in the Sanctus, the Benedictus, and the Hosanna fugues. In his historically informed interpretation, Jacobs favors a lean orchestral texture and brisk tempos, and the orchestra plays with clear sonorities, preventing any muddiness in the basset horns and bassoons. The vocal quartet is well-blended and evenly balanced in the Tuba mirum, the Recordare, and the Hostias, and the RIAS Kammerchor provides transparent lines with crisp diction, making the Latin text easy to follow.
Requiem in D minor, K 626by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performer:
Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano),
Marie-Claude Chappuis (Soprano),
Maximilian Schmitt (Tenor),
Johannes Weisser (Baritone)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra,
RIAS Chamber Choir
Period: Classical Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Superb RequiemFebruary 27, 2018By Randolph C. (Baltimore, MD)See All My Reviews"This new version is very good! Super performance and outstanding recording. Should be part of everyones CD library."Report Abuse
A Requiem to TreasureNovember 11, 2017By G. Brown (River Edge, NJ)See All My Reviews"All honor and glory still goes to the genius of Mozart who, while he never completed his Requiem, bequeathed to history the tantalizing fragments and choral writing of one of the great Requiems of all time. Several composers of Mozart's era, mostly that of Sussmayr, and composers into the 21st century, have had there hand at completing this great work. The young French composer Pierre-Henri Dutron is the latest to have accepted the challenge. While based on the Sussmayr completion, Dutrons version is very different and brims with inner drama and introspection. His orchestration and style is faithful to the distinctive writing of Mozart and I believe has fulfilled, to a large degree, what Mozart originally intended. Dutron states in the excellent accompanying booklet that, Mozarts Requiem will never be finished. We cannot remake history, but we can endeavour to ensure that the tradition derived from it continues to live. With excellent direction by Rene Jacobs, and wonderful singing by the chorus and soloists, this is a Requiem to treasure. Highly recommended."Report Abuse