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Chamber Choir of Europe|Mozart: Requiem

Mozart: Requiem

Chamber Choir of Europe, Süddeutsches Kammerorchester & Nicol Matt

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Nicol Matt's 2001 performance of the Requiem in D minor, K. 626, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been reissued several times as a single disc and as part of box sets of the choral works, so its ready availability and straightforward presentation of the completion by Franz Xaver Süssmayr, which is the most widely accepted version, make this a fairly reliable recording for most listeners' purposes. Although the performers are not household names, and certainly not world-class musicians, they deserve serious consideration for their controlled singing, polished playing, and expressive delivery, and Matt's focused direction makes the soloists, choir, and orchestra greater than the sum of their parts. While soprano Pamela Heuvelmans, alto Barbara Werner, tenor Robert Morvaj, and bass Thomas Pfeiffer seem a little unevenly matched to the music when heard individually (with Heuvelmans' vibrato on the excessive side), the quartet is fine in tonal blend and expressive unity, especially in the unusually spry and lucid Recordare. The Chamber Choir of Europe is clear in diction, crisp in rhythms, and light in texture, so the choral parts are always buoyant and transparent, which helps such stormy sections as the Dies irae, Rex tremendae, and Confutatis come across cleanly here. The Südwestdeutches Kammerorchester Pforzheim plays with a light sound that resembles that of a period orchestra, though there is no indication that any original instruments or modern copies are used. One feature that plainly comes through in this recording is the occasional brass doubling of the choral parts, which is often played down in other performances but which should be heard because of the richness it brings to the counterpoint. In terms of stylistic practice, Matt's conducting is influenced by early music scholarship, though he is no slavish imitator, and he allows his musicians a degree of interpretative flexibility that would be unthinkable in most historically informed renditions. The reproduction is quite vivid and detailed, so this recording of the Requiem is particularly good for following with a score.
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1
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: I. Introitus. Requiem aeternam
00:04:45

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

2
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: II. Kyrie eleison
00:02:44

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

3
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: III. Sequenz. Dies irae
00:01:58

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

4
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: III. Sequenz. Tuba mirum
00:03:05

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

5
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: III. Sequenz. Rex tremendae
00:02:09

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

6
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: III. Sequenz. Recordare
00:04:23

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

7
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: III. Sequenz. Confutatis
00:02:29

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

8
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: III. Sequenz. Lacrimosa
00:03:03

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

9
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: IV Offertorium. Domine Jesu
00:03:46

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

10
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: IV Offertorium. Hostias
00:04:00

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

11
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: V. Sanctus
00:01:40

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

12
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: VI. Benedictus
00:04:26

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

13
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: VII. Agnus Dei
00:04:03

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

14
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: VIII. Communio. Lux aeterna
00:05:39

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Nicol Matt, Conductor, MainArtist - Süddeutsches Kammerorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Chamber Choir of Europe, Choir, MainArtist - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher

2021 Brilliant Classics 2009 Brilliant Classics

Album Description

Nicol Matt's 2001 performance of the Requiem in D minor, K. 626, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been reissued several times as a single disc and as part of box sets of the choral works, so its ready availability and straightforward presentation of the completion by Franz Xaver Süssmayr, which is the most widely accepted version, make this a fairly reliable recording for most listeners' purposes. Although the performers are not household names, and certainly not world-class musicians, they deserve serious consideration for their controlled singing, polished playing, and expressive delivery, and Matt's focused direction makes the soloists, choir, and orchestra greater than the sum of their parts. While soprano Pamela Heuvelmans, alto Barbara Werner, tenor Robert Morvaj, and bass Thomas Pfeiffer seem a little unevenly matched to the music when heard individually (with Heuvelmans' vibrato on the excessive side), the quartet is fine in tonal blend and expressive unity, especially in the unusually spry and lucid Recordare. The Chamber Choir of Europe is clear in diction, crisp in rhythms, and light in texture, so the choral parts are always buoyant and transparent, which helps such stormy sections as the Dies irae, Rex tremendae, and Confutatis come across cleanly here. The Südwestdeutches Kammerorchester Pforzheim plays with a light sound that resembles that of a period orchestra, though there is no indication that any original instruments or modern copies are used. One feature that plainly comes through in this recording is the occasional brass doubling of the choral parts, which is often played down in other performances but which should be heard because of the richness it brings to the counterpoint. In terms of stylistic practice, Matt's conducting is influenced by early music scholarship, though he is no slavish imitator, and he allows his musicians a degree of interpretative flexibility that would be unthinkable in most historically informed renditions. The reproduction is quite vivid and detailed, so this recording of the Requiem is particularly good for following with a score.
© TiVo

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