This exploration of the history and influence of Mozart’s famous Requiem begins with a full recording of the Requiem in the popular completion by Mozart’s pupil and amanuensis, Franz Xaver Süssmayr. There follow full movements as they have subsequently been completed by other composers including Michael Finnissy and Duncan Druce. An additional 68-minute audio documentary written by the renowned Mozart scholar Cliff Eisen explores the musical roots of the Requiem.
King's Cambridge Choir, conducted by its Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, is joined for the recording by the Academy of Ancient Music playing period instruments. The soloists are Elin Manahan Thomas, Christine Rice and former King’s College choral scholars, James Gilchrist and Christopher Purves.