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Mozart: Missa da Requiem / Schoonderwoerd, Gesualdo Consort, Cristofori

Release Date: 01/19/2018 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 24338  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gesualdo ConsortCristofori
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Much is known about the special and particular circumstances surrounding the composition of Mozart’s Requiem. 1791 was a tumultuous year, and before Mozart’s life was cut short at the start of December he had composed, among other works, Die Zauberflöte, La Clemenza di Tito, the Clarinet Concerto and evidently this Requiem, although it was left in an unfinished state. Arthur Schoonderwoerd presents this work as a complete “Missa da Requiem” in its liturgical context, with Gregorian chant, and adds a newly composed “Amen” by Schoonderwoerd himself and a “Libera me” by Ritter Ignaz von Seyfried (both world premiere recordings). The starting point of this recording is the performance of a Requiem Mass as it would have sounded in Vienna Read more around 1800 – i.e. in a scoring which Mozart could possibly have visualised. The vocal part is sung by the soloists of the Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, well-known for their recordings of the complete vocal music of J. P. Sweelinck. Read less

Works on This Recording

Requiem in D minor, K 626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gesualdo Consort,  Cristofori
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 A theatrical, even cinematic, Mozart Requiem January 29, 2018 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Arthur Schoonderwoerd has put together a Missa da Requiem based on the torso of the Requiem that remained when Mozart died in December of 1791, but fleshed out with additions by other composers, in the context of a full and well-researched contemporary liturgy. The Historically Informed Performance group Cristofori is completely at home in this repertoire, but the Gesualdo Consort is better known for Renaissance and early Baroque repertoire such as Gabrieli and Sweelinck. Schoonderwoerd uses contemporary Requiem Mass models and the fine points of what the plainchant-based recitative portions of the liturgy might have sounded like in late-18th century Vienna to create the kind of hypothetical performance that's very much in vogue among the HIP crowd lately. I was suspicious at first of this scenario, since I believe the key to Mozart's Requiem is more likely to come by paying close attention to dramatic works like The Magic Flute and especially Don Giovanni, rather than a Requiem from the late 1770s by Michael Haydn. But when I heard this disc the very first time all my doubts were gone. This music has the dramatic blocking and theatrical shading that comes from the opera house rather than the cathedral, especially when compared with the standard version of the Requiem with its often jarring timpani and trumpet riffs added by Su?ßmayr. The chorus is especially nimble and alert to the nuances in the score. And there's a fascinating Libera me written around 1800 by Ritter Ignaz von Seyfried for a performance of the Mozart Requiem. It was performed after Beethoven's death as well, dedicated to the memory of both composers; this is its recording premiere. More interesting is Arthur Schoonderwoerd's own Amen Double Fugue. I loved this chromatic Bachianas, whose jauntiness is reminiscent of Ward Swingle as much as Mozart. It's a vivid, almost cinematic interlude. It makes one think perhaps that this music might serve as the soundtrack of a future HIP remake of Miloš Forman's 1984 film Amadeus. I'd watch that!" Report Abuse
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