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MOZART, W.A.: Requiem (completed by R. Levin) (Mainz Bach Choir, L'Arpa festante, R. Otto)

MOZART, W.A.: Requiem (completed by R. Levin) (Mainz Bach Choir, L'Arpa festante, R. Otto)

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release date: October 2012

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Otto, Ralf


Klaus Mertens

Soloist

Ralf Otto

Soloist

Gerhild Romberger

Soloist

Daniel Sans

Soloist

Mainz Bach Choir


Arpa festante, L'



Record Label
New Classical

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 50:15
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MOZART, W.A.: Requiem (completed by R. Levin) (Mainz Bach Choir, L'Arpa festante, R. Otto)

     
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ROBERT D. LEVIN

 

Requiem in D minor, K. 626 (completed by R. Levin)

 
1 Introit: Requiem aeternam 5:00
 Klaus Mertens Soloist
     
 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

2 Kyrie 2:25
 Klaus Mertens Soloist
     
 

ROBERT D. LEVIN

3 Sequence No. 1. Dies irae 1:44
 Klaus Mertens Soloist
     
 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

4 Sequence No. 2. Tuba mirum 3:24
 Daniel Sans Soloist
     
 

ROBERT D. LEVIN

5 Sequence No. 3. Rex tremendae 1:52
 Klaus Mertens Soloist
     
6 Sequence No. 4. Recordare, Jesu pie 5:52
 Klaus Mertens Soloist
     
 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

7 Sequence No. 5. Confutatis 2:15
 Gerhild Romberger Soloist
     
 

ROBERT D. LEVIN

8 Sequence No. 6. Lacrimosa - Sequence No. 7. Amen 4:37
 Klaus Mertens Soloist
     
 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

9 Offertory No. 1. Domine Jesus 3:17
 Gerhild Romberger Soloist
     
 

ROBERT D. LEVIN

10 Offertory No. 2. Hostias 3:37
 Ralf Otto Soloist
     
11 Sanctus 2:11
 Klaus Mertens Soloist
     
12 Benedictus 5:07
 Klaus Mertens Soloist
     
 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

13 Agnus Dei 3:16
 Ralf Otto Soloist
     
 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MASS TEXT

14 Cummunion: Lux aeterna - Cum sanctis 5:38
 Ralf Otto Soloist
 Otto, Ralf


In the tragic pages in Mozart’s life,  it was not granted to him to complete and hear his two greatest sacred works peformed, one of these works was the Requiem of 1791, this work was not only his last composition, but at the same time one of his most powerful,popular and controversial works. 

No other work fragment of a great composer has been completed so quickly and consistently after his death as this one has. The work, which was commissioned by the Earl of Walsegg Stuppach in Lower Austria to commemorate his late wife, was completed 13 months after Mozart’s death. 

Until his death, Mozart had only written the opening set with all the orchestral and vocal parts. The Kyrie and the largest part of the sequence (Dies irae up Confutatis) were completed only in the vocal parts and the continuo, the most important orchestral passages Mozart sketched only briefly. The last sentence of the sequence, the Lacrimosa, breaks off after the eighth clock, so that also lacks the Amen fugue. From the records of the offertory Mozart merely drew the voices and continuo. Mozart’s pupils Franz Jacob Frey Staedtler, Joseph Eybler and Abbé Stadler have finished the work which was finally revised by Süßmayr. 

For many connoisseurs of Mozart’s orchestration many contradictions arise in Süßmayr completed version. The famous musicologist Robert Levin has studied the traditional fragments of the Mozart work, offers a most convincing compromise between the prevalent Süßmayr version. Levin’s version replaced, a new instrumentation of Mozart parts and an amendment to Süßmayr’s work,  after Mozart’s sketches after hearing performances under the direction of Ralf Otto’s Baroque Orchestra L’arpa festante, one of Germany’s most prestigious early music ensembles. 

The Bach Choir Mainz, one of the best choirs in Germany, performs this work along with soloists Julia Kleiter, Gerhild Romberger, Daniel Sans and Klaus Mertens. 

 
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