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Dunedin Consort, John Butt – Mozart: Requiem – Reconstruction of 1st performance (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Mozart: Requiem – Butt, Dunedin Consort (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | 1 CD | Digital Booklet | 2.29 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Linn Records

The Dunedin Consort presents the premiere recording of Mozart scholar David Black’s new 2013 edition of Süssmayr’s completion of Mozart’s Requiem. In keeping with several other Dunedin projects, this provides the opportunity to re-imagine what this work may have sounded like at its very first performance. To this end, the recording will be the first not only to use this new edition, but also to present the work using forces close in style and scale to those at the first performances.

One striking element of these performances is the fact that the soloists are also the leaders of the choir, thus giving a greater consistency to the relationship between the solo numbers and the choruses.

Dunedin Consort seeks to resurrect Süssmayr’s much maligned edition to its place and worth in history.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rowan Hellier, Joanne Lunn, Thomas Hobbs, Matthew Brook
Conductor: John Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dunedin Consort

Reviews: “Anyone used to a suave choral sound in performances of the Requiem might be surprised by the almost granular texture here, in which every voice makes its own distinctive contribution, and by the pungency with which the orchestral writing registers. There’s a real energy, with tremendous climaxes that belie the scale of the forces involved.”

“Butt’s Dunedin Consort recordings may draw from musicological findings, but the spirit they summon is a long way from dry or academic. His measured approach brings out the starkness and solemnity of Mozart’s setting, while the recording highlights its distinctive colours in a near ideal ecclesiastical acoustic.”

1. Requiem in D minor, K 626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Performer: Rowan Hellier (Alto), Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Thomas Hobbs (Tenor),
Matthew Brook (Baritone)
Conductor: John Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dunedin Consort
Period: Classical
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria


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