New completion for Mozart’s Requiem

Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K626

Sophie Karthäuser (soprano), Marie-Claude Chappuis (mezzo), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor, Johannes Weisser (baritone), Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor, René Jacobs (conductor).

Many listeners are unaware of how little of the unfinished Requiem in D minor, K626 was actually written by Mozart. Most of today’s recorded versions feature a completion by the Austrian composer and conductor Franz Xaver Süssmayr (1766-1803).

This exciting new release, from Harmonia Mundi, is based upon Pierre-Henri Dutron’s radical reappraisal of the work. He not only seeks to improve upon some of the more unfortunate decisions taken by Süssmayr, but also rewrites whole passages of the music and makes changes to the orchestration in places. So prepare to be shocked as well as stimulated by this new realisation.

This CD is performed by the RIAS Kammerchor, Freiburger Barockorchester and conducted by René Jacobs with the soloists Johannes Weisser, Maximilian Schmitt, Sophie Karthäuser and Marie-Claude Chappuis.

This version is superbly realised by the members of the Freiburger Barockorchester, the soloists are strong, the choir slightly less polished than the orchestra and everything is held together under the baton of René Jacobs, a fine interpreter of Mozart. Mozart’s Requiem will always be a source of intrigue and Dutron’s completion is certainly worth adding to your collection in this fine performance and recording.

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