Mozart: Requiem / Elizabeth Watts, Phyllis Pancella, Andrew Kennedy, Eric Owens

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K 626
>Word, Spoken : Commentary from Robert Nairn
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Per questa bella mano, K 612

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K 626
>Word, Spoken : Commentary from Robert Nairn
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Per questa bella mano, K 612
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following the success of the Mozart Mass in C minor last year, CORO is delighted to announce the release of its second recording with Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society. In addition to the Requiem, the CD features Mozart's Ave verum corpus and his concert aria Per questa bella mano for bass voice and solo double bass obligato - a piece famed for its fiendishly difficult double bass part, performed superbly on this recording by Robert Nairn.

BBC Music Magazine
[Owens's] instrument sounds magisterial as it rolls along, matching well with the three remaining soloists. Elizabeth Watts is a luminous soprano. Phyllis Pancella can rely on the almost contralto-like qualities of her mezzo. Andrew Kennedy's strong tenor makes a direct human appeal. The choir, too, is well blended and nicely balanced, negotiating the fast passages with impressive neatness. Orchestral playing is both vivid and disciplined.

Classic FM Magazine
A tangible excitement and momentum from one movement to the next makes this interpretation far more exciting than many studio recordings...And what a Dies irae this is. Breathless, barely contained, with brisk and extreme changes of dynamics always grabbing you by the hand and dragging you onwards; it is totally compelling...It's the most consistently engaging and propulsive recording of the Requiem I've heard.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2012
The recording grants welcome clarity to the orchestration, with colle parti trombones particularly audible. Tempi are generally brisk...the performance of [Per questa bella mano] is all one could wish for.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Symphony Hall, Boston, USA (04/29/2011/05/01/2011).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ave verum corpus
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: Handel and Haydn Society
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Boston, USA (04/29/2011/05/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K 626
  • Performer: Elizabeth Watts
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: Handel and Haydn Society
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Boston, USA (04/29/2011/05/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : Commentary from Robert Nairn
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Boston, USA (04/29/2011/05/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Per questa bella mano, K 612
  • Performers: Robert Nairn (Double Bass); Eric Owens (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: Handel and Haydn Society
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Boston, USA (04/29/2011/05/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1791
  • Studio/Live: Live