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Mozart: Requiem

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , John Eliot Gardiner , Barbara Bonney , Anne Sofie von Otter , English Baroque Soloists , Hans Peter Blochwitz , Willard White , Monteverdi Choir Audio CD
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listen  1. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 1. Introitus: RequiemBarbara Bonney 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 2. KyrieThe Monteverdi Choir 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 3. Sequentia: Dies iraeThe Monteverdi Choir 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 3. Sequentia: Tuba mirumAnne Sofie von Otter 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 3. Sequentia: Rex tremendaeThe Monteverdi Choir 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 3. Sequentia: RecordareAnne Sofie von Otter 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 3. Sequentia: ConfutatisThe Monteverdi Choir 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 3. Sequentia: LacrimosaThe Monteverdi Choir 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 4. Offertorium: Domine JesuAnne Sofie von Otter 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 4. Offertorium: HostiasThe Monteverdi Choir 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 5. SanctusThe Monteverdi Choir 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 6. BenedictusAnne Sofie von Otter 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 7. Agnus DeiThe Monteverdi Choir 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 8.Communio: Lux aeternaBarbara Bonney 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mozart: Kyrie in D minor, K.341The Monteverdi Choir 7:42Album Only


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  • Performer: Barbara Bonney, Anne Sofie von Otter, English Baroque Soloists, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Willard White, et al.
  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000040YU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Eliot Gardiner's 1986 recording of Mozart's unfinished Requiem, with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, is a model of clarity and grace. The soloists--Barbara Bonney, Anne Sofie von Otter, Hans Peter Blochwitz, and Willard White--are supple, expressive, but never overpowering. This disc also features the lively and colorful Kyrie (k. 341). --Joshua Cody

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No wobbly vibratos (thank goodness) July 21, 2002
By R.M.
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An avid Mozart listener, I find the modern renditions of his breathtaking music most often too heavy handed, with too much sound too much of the time. In this more traditional recording, we rediscover the lightness and clarity of sound that Mozart is known for. Thank goodness--no more Verdi-esque performances by artists who believe they are singing the dramatic Romantic solos instead of the more precise Classical solo. The clarity of tone and the beautiful singing are what draws me, the classical singer, again and again to this gorgeous piece, finally rendered by singers with precise pitch. The CD remains fitting homage to a brilliant composer and without a doubt one of the jewels in my collection.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gardiner gives a close look back in the past January 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
My compliments to Gardiner and his talented Monteverdi Choir along with the English Baroque Soloists. I have previously bought his equally accurate Beethoven: Missa Solemnis and have ever since had the upmost respect for this indeed rare conductor. To say that this is one of the more accurate versions of Mozart's Requiem is an understatement. So many other conductors seem to have this piece entirely interpreted wrong. To be honest, I dont think it's really an accidental interpretation of Mozart's last work. I believe these conductors often ignore the way they feel a composer's work should be interpreted and replace it with their own vision. That may be ok for study purposes in some schools or universities but it is entirely wrong for public performances and recordings. Gardiner does this piece justice by returning us all to the 18th century and his singers and orchestra are immediately stating that fact with the very first movement, Requiem. It takes out the overly operatic feeling of most versions of this piece and goes straight for accurate tones, style and pace. The soloists are also close to the original interpretation of this Requiem though I wish I knew why Willard White felt he had to get "creative" with certain notes here and there. Overall, an excellent piece which I feel you'll enjoy time and time again.
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52 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart without stodgy German Romantic Traditions April 6, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you're a fan of big-boned Mozart with huge orchestras, huge choirs, overly-operatic singers, slow tempi and ironed-out articulation, stay away from this disc. Get stodgy Herby von K., or less stodgy but still muddy Aba-ba-badyo. But if you care about Mozart's music, this is a wonderful recording. Apparently some people still have Romanticism-Hangover -- that dreaded illness which makes one distort the music in the name of "tradition", egocentric expression, and the "I know better than the composer" slant. Although it's impossible to read Mozart's head and heart more than two centuries after his death, I still must say that (IMHO) this recording is certainly closer than most to the overall sound he must've had in mind. Mozart certainly didn't write all that wonderful counterpoint (the double-fugue Kyrie, for example) only for all of it to be smoothed over as a bunch of massed sonorities. Mozart did not write a D for the solo soprano only for it to be distorted by the fashionable wobble of today's singers. Need I go on? Trust me -- this is a fabulous recording of the Requiem. The soloists (especially Bonney) are superb. Gardiner is one of that rare breed of conductors who often achieve maximum intensity AND maximum clarity. Marriner's recording (also on Philips) is perhaps slightly more intense, but it's not as clear, and the recording quality is not as good as Gardiner's disc. This disc is a treasure. The D minor Kyrie is such a gem of a work, and performed with just as much polish and intensity as the Requiem.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves better than one star, for sure November 4, 1999
By A Customer
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With an understanding of the motivation behind period performance, one quickly realizes that this, unlike the Walter recording, is a historically accurate and compelling one. Bruno Walter's recording is excellent, but not representative of classical interpretation. In Gardiner's usual zeal, the performance was produced in such a way as to give the listener a feel as to what it would have been like to listen, in the late 18th century, with Mozart himself at the helm. The playing is flawless, and the complement of singers only heightens the power and drive of this all-too-often butchered work. While Herreweghe's recording is slightly less mechanical, this one deserves minimally five stars, even if only to raise its review average. On a normal day, it would get four and a half, with the Herreweghe one sliver above, at five.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most but not the best November 26, 1999
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Well, it's definitely better than 1 star. It has more character than the Hogwood version and avoids the heaviness of "modern" version. While I won't say that the soloists are the caliber of Seefried and Simoneau, all of them except White have become highly regarded Mozartians. The sound definitely beats Walter hands down and the orchestra and choir are highly articulate. If you like it to be slow and sentimental then I guess 1-star would be appropriate but Gardiner's view is certainly valid. A good modern performance would be Marriner's; less dramatic but equally involved.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but average August 12, 2006
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I am reviewing the reissue of Mozart forever collection which contains only the requiem (not the Kyrie) and neither has the text. (Is cheaper, of course)

The liner notes include a brief introduction and a ten "true or false" statements about this famous work, which is wellcome.

All the performers are very good. The conducting is "energetic". The Orchestra very clear, the choir is wonderfull and the soloists dont have the usual operistic vibrato of ancient times. The problem? Gardiner is superficial. The Recordare is too fast, the Benedictus slow and almost ponderous, the long notes of the Rex tremendae without necessary projection (look for Koopman) and the famous, Dies Irae, taken at such a fast speed that the orchestra simply cant make a point with the fantastic period brass section. For a very good recording of Sussmayr version, try William Christie, which contains the ave verum corpus also, has a strong quartet, and almost good choir and, most important, a conductor which uses fast speeds when necessary and is not afraid of holding down tension when music asks for relax (as in the recordare).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars As good and as reliable a Requiem as one would expect from this source
This disc, well recorded in 1986, contains the version of the Requiem as completed by Mozart's pupil, Sussmayr. Read more
Published 8 months ago by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treat for Fans of Gardner Interpretations
I was preparing the solo sections for a choir I assist with and, out of about 4 recordings, this one wins in terms of artistic precision and cultivated yet unique interpretation. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alexander Canovas
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better
It's one of the better recordings that's around, particularly if you like a raw sound from an orchestra. Lacrimosa is especially pleasing.
Published 13 months ago by Inclusivity
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and agile!
I find it interesting that many of the conductors who did excellent jobs with Mozart's Operas: lots of livlely sparkle and rhythmic verve, gorgeous legato when called for, and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by B. S. Hampton
1.0 out of 5 stars A Day at the SPECTRE Circus
"And I hereby declare this amphitheatre open!" Ernst Hogwood-Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE (Sinister Period-Practice Enacted to Counter Traditional Readings Everlastingly) trumpeted... Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Rendition of the Requiem
This is a lovely and well-executed recording of Mozart's Requiem, and even though the recording was made some 25 years ago, both the quality of the performance and the recording... Read more
Published on May 17, 2011 by Ray
2.0 out of 5 stars with apologies to the period performance crowd
I currently own 6 versions of Mozart's Requiem, and I'll review them here.

1. My current favorite is Bohm's: Mozart: Requiem. Read more
Published on July 18, 2009 by Wyote
5.0 out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan
AN EXPRESSIVE AND IMPRESSIVE REQUIEM!
Mozart's swan song, the Requiem "fragment" as it is known in scholarly circles, is regarded even today as his most mysterious work. Read more
Published on March 28, 2009 by George Peabody
5.0 out of 5 stars Muy buena version,altamente recomendada
Escuchando varias veces esta versión me doy cuenta que la perfomance mostrada por Gardiner en las obras de Mozart es exquisita,en esta versión del Requiem los tiempos... Read more
Published on February 15, 2006 by Ivan Palomino
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try!
This is a recording on period instruments, which I am never a fan of. Instruments of this period had a lot of problems with intonation and they can be quite difficult to play. Read more
Published on December 19, 2005 by Astrodonkey
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