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Requiem: Robert Levin Edition

W.A. Mozart Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000A8AXJU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Requiem
2. Kyrie
3. Dies Irae
4. Tuba Mirum
5. Rex Tremendae
6. Recordare
7. Confutatis
8. Lacrimosa
9. Amen
10. Domine Jesu
11. Hostias
12. Sanctus
13. Benedictus
14. Agnus Dei
15. Lux Aeterna
16. Cum Sanctis Tuis

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Introit to Mozart's 250th Birthday Year October 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
As the festivities are being planned for the worldwide celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th Birthday every orchestra is scheduling performances of the master's major works. And what is more fitting an homage to the genius of Mozart than his Requiem KV 626. Though everyone knows Mozart died before completing this masterpiece, we have all accepted the edition completed by Franz Xaver Sussmayr, Mozart's assistant, as the closet possible realization of Mozart's pieces and bits of scoring. But in 1993 Robert V. Levin's scholarly and sensitive edition arrived and it is this fresh edition of the Requiem here recorded.

Donald Runnicles conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus is this truly splendid new version of the Requiem. Runnicles' approach to the work is more operatic than most (his fine work with the San Francisco Opera shows) and while there are those that will prefer the 'period instrument and style' performances so readily available on multiple CDs, his approach lends itself to a richly immediate and text appropriate result. The chorus is reduced in size from the well-known Chorus (remnant of Robert Shaw's tenure with these musicians) and sings with complete clarity of pitch and elegant phrasing. They are supported by Runnicles' fine choice of tempi and one of the best sounding orchestras for this Requiem.

Runnicles selected a top notch quartet of soloists: Christine Brewer, soprano, proving that she is not only a fine rising Wagnerian but a sensitive Mozartean as well; mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose from whom we will doubtless be hearing more!; John Tessier, tenor; and Eric Owens, bass. Each singer shines in solo passages and in the quartet portions form as unified a sound as any on record.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, but there are so many others to recommend March 3, 2013
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Runnicles adopts a steady tempo throughout, with very few dramatic dynamic contrasts, making for an enjoyably smooth Requiem, one that both avid Mozart fans and casual listeners alike should find readily accessible. Still, there is a "however." It was not long before that Nikolaus Harnoncourt also recorded the Requiem (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi), his interpretation sounding to my ears more vibrant and spirited, more emblazoned with fiery color, and done on period instruments.

John J. Puccio
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3.0 out of 5 stars impact lacking? January 15, 2011
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Every hear a recording where the details seem to be there, but the overall musical impact is lacking? This seems to be such a recording. Certainly the choir sounds fine, as does the orchestra. And I'm happy to find more orchestras adopting the Levin completion of the Requiem.
But, the recording isn't emotionally moving, somehow. There is no "sublime" moment like in other Mozart Requiem recordings where you are moved by the beauty of this masterpiece and struck by Mozart's genius--not even in the glorious "Lachrymosa". I'm not sure if this is a recording/engineering issue, or if Runnicles was too busy with details to get the "big picture". But in any event, it's a decent recording, but you can certainly find better. For another, better recording of the Levin completion of the Mozart Requiem, try the one by the conductor who commissioned it: Helmuth Rilling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good April 30, 2009
By Enrico
Format:Audio CD
really nice album. i love the work did from the atlanta orchestra and the quality of mix is rally good.
a cd to have in the collection
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre version of Mozart's Requiem November 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This Requiem is done in very heavy, excessive style, in spite of the small size of the chorus it sounds like something Karajan would record. This would work fine, many people like this approach. However, there were several issues with the performance of the chorus, which is rather rhytmically wayward (this is most evident in Kyrie) and not very well tuned. The soloist are not a good group either, I was especially disappointed with performance of Christine Brewer. It's not entirely her fault, more of a recording issue. She has a huge voice, and the way to deal with it was to place her further away from the microphone. The result is that she sounds out of balance in the quartets, and her voice does not come as bright as it should. This is a very mediocre version of Mozart's Requiem, for people who like this performing style of Requiem, the live version recorded by Claudio Abbado with Berlin Philharmonic (and soprano Karita Mattila) might be a better choice.
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