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Requiem, K626


Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)
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Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland
Release date: March 2003
Total duration: 93 minutes 26 seconds


'If you've always shared the general unease about his pupil Süssmayr's completion of Mozart's sublime Requiem, you will share my enthusiasm for its wholesale reworking by the American academic Robert Levin, which smoothes out all the dubious passages while adding fugues and other details, often strikingly dissonant, based on Mozart's own sketches. The results … are breathtaking. Linn continues its association with Sir Charles Mackerras and the SCO in a ravishing recording made in Dundee's Caird Hall, boasting stellar soloists led by mezzo Catherine Wynn-Rogers and soprano Susan Gritton' (The Observer)

'If the regular arrival of new recordings is any kind of accurate guide, Robert Levin's version of Mozart's Requiem, which remained unfinished at the composer's death, is beginning to supplant the traditional Süssmayr completion. Charles Mackerras's account makes the best case so far for the effectiveness of Levin's editorial decisions: his canny hybrid approach, combining elements of period performance with the modern instruments of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, is wonderfully telling. The string lines carry all the expressive weight one could want, and the woodwind and brass have a sovereign authority. The choral singing is acutely responsive, while the soloists, led by Susan Gritton's silvery, pure soprano, are first rate. The Adagio and Fugue in C minor K546 is more than a makeweight too, for Mackerras gives it a such a muscular strength the work emerges as if a precursor of Beethoven's Grosse Fuge' (The Guardian)

'First criticised as long ago as 1825, Süssmayr's completion of Mozart's unfinished mass for the dead may have stood the test of time, but it remains susceptible to fluctuating fashions in scholarship. William Christie and Philippe Herreweghe rehabilitated the work of Mozart's maligned pupil on the grounds that he was closer than modern scholars to the composer and may have had access to material that may have since gone astray. Although Mackerras uses a modern-instrument band, he has long been interested in period style, but has elected to use Robert D Levin's edition, which aims to 'address the problems of instrumentation, grammar and structure' of Süssmayr's version, while respecting the 200-plus years of its performance tradition. Whatever one thinks of Levin versus Süssmayr, Mackerras's performance is as thrilling as one would expect from this great Mozart conductor, and with a good quartet of British soloists (Susan Gritton's soprano is glorious) and the chorus singing their hearts out, he makes the strongest possible case for the newer completion' (The Sunday Times)

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Mozart: Requiem
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