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Mozart: Requiem / Schreier


Release Date: 04/17/2001 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 464720   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Margaret PriceTheo AdamTrudeliese SchmidtFrancisco Araiza,   ... 
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio ChorusDresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Peter Schreier brought a lifetime's experience as a singer to the conductor's rostrum in his accounts of Mozart's Requiem, Coronation Mass, and motet Ave verum Corpus. The performances were recorded in Dresden between 1982 and 1992. A major plus is highly disciplined singing by the Leipzig Radio Chorus, whose clarity of diction and finely balanced ensemble adds much to your enjoyment of these performances; they're heard on their own account in the motet that concludes this reissue. The Requiem (in Süssmayr's completion) is powerfully and urgently driven. In the Dies irae perhaps the trumpets and timpani could have sounded more threatening, but Schreier takes it very fast, and his chorus doesn't miss a breath or syllable. The Confutatis Read more section admirably shows off the tonal depth of the chorus tenors and basses, and the Sanctus and Benedictus are again excellently done. It's also good to hear the basset horns in the Introitus as nicely balanced as this, so their solemn interjections, like those of the trombones throughout, have majestic weight and gravitas. Of the quartet of soloists, soprano Margaret Price and bass Theo Adam acquit themselves magnificently.

Different singers are heard in the Mass; Edith Mathis is a delight, and Hans Peter Blochwitz is an accomplished tenor, but neither Jadwiga Rappé (contralto) or Thomas Quasthoff is in the same league. Still, for anyone seeking an outstanding account of the Requiem, this is an obvious choice, and Schreier's version has few ideal rivals. Philips' remastering sounds very impressive indeed.
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Requiem in D minor, K 626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Margaret Price (Soprano), Theo Adam (Bass), Trudeliese Schmidt (Alto),
Francisco Araiza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Mass in C major, K 317 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jadwiga Rappé (Mezzo Soprano), Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tenor), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 

Sound Samples

Requiem in D minor, K.626: 1. Introitus: Requiem
Requiem in D minor, K.626: 2. Kyrie
Requiem in D minor, K.626: 3. Sequentia: Dies irae
Requiem in D minor, K.626 (compl. Süssmayer): 3. Sequentia: Tuba mirum
Requiem in D minor, K.626: 3. Sequentia: Rex tremendae
Requiem in D minor, K.626: 3. Sequentia: Recordare
Requiem in D minor, K.626: 3. Sequentia: Confutatis
Requiem in D minor, K.626: 3. Sequentia: Lacrimosa
Requiem in D minor, K.626: 4. Offertorium: Domine Jesu
Requiem in D minor, K.626: 4. Offertorium: Hostias
Requiem in D minor, K.626: 5. Sanctus
Requiem in D minor, K.626: 6. Benedictus
Requiem in D minor, K.626: 7. Agnus Dei
Requiem in D minor, K.626: 8.Communio: Lux aeterna
Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation": 1. Kyrie
Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation": 2. Gloria
Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation": 3. Credo
Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation": 4. Sanctus
Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation": 5. Benedictus
Mass in C, K.317 "Coronation": 6. Agnus Dei
Ave verum corpus, K.618

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