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Track(s) taken from CKD449

Misericordias Domini in D minor 'Offertorium de tempore', K222

author of text
Psalm 88 (89): 2

Dunedin Consort, John Butt (conductor)
Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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Recording details: September 2013
Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, Scotland
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs & Robert Cammidge
Release date: April 2014
Total duration: 7 minutes 9 seconds

Cover artwork: The Archangel Raphael taking leave of the Tobit family (1637) by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669)
Louvre, Paris / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'The Dunedin Consort’s credentials in bringing fresh insights and impetus to key works of the choral repertoire have been well established in previous Linn recordings of Bach’s Passions and of works by Handel, and this new release of the Mozart Requiem similarly strips the music of time-honoured accretions. In their place the consort of 16 singers and an orchestra of historically aware punch and pungency bring to the music not only a vibrant clarity but also a dramatic intensity in such apocalyptic portions of the Mass as the 'Dies irae', the 'Rex tremendae' and the 'Confutatis'. Here the conductor John Butt instils fervour into his forces, fierce in rhythmic drive, forthright in the enunciation of the text. The 16 voices include the four soloists—Joanne Lunn, Rowan Hellier, Thomas Hobbs and Matthew Brook—who emerge naturally from the texture rather than being treated as separate entities, another factor that seems to enhance the performance’s fluency, pacing and crisply articulated counterpoint' (The Daily Telegraph)» More

'There's a real energy, with tremendous climaxes that belie the scale of the forces involved. It's not going to be the last word on what will remain the unsolvable riddle of Mozart's final masterpiece, but it's a salutary corrective to some of the academic speculation' (The Guardian)» More

'Butt directs a texturally transparent yet singularly powerful reading' (The Sunday Times)» More
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