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Mozart: Requiem (David Black's 2013 edition of Süssmayr's completion) / Joann Lunn; Rowan Hellier; Thomas Hobbs; Matthew Brook. John Butt

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K 626
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Misericordias Domini, K 222 (205a)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The premiere recording of Mozart scholar David Black's new 2013 edition of Su's completion of Mozart's Requiem. The Dunedin Consort has established a reputation as one of the finest period performance choirs around, under the direction of prize-winning historical performance specialist John Butt OBE. The multi-award-winning Dunedin Consort has won praise for the natural style of its soloists and renown for the virtuosity of its singers.

Audiophile Audition, 24th March 2014
Something special... one of the most important releases of Mozart's Requiem.

The Guardian, 2nd April 2014
Anyone used to a suave choral sound in performances of the Requiem might be surprised by the almost granular texture here, in which every voice makes its own distinctive contribution, and by the pungency with which the orchestral writing registers. There's a real energy, with tremendous climaxes that belie the scale of the forces involved.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2014
Butt's Dunedin Consort recordings may draw from musicological findings, but the spirit they summon is a long way from dry or academic. His measured approach brings out the starkness and solemnity of Mozart's setting, while the recording highlights its distinctive colours in a near ideal ecclesiastical acoustic.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
This is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years...It is Butt's minute attention to details...that makes this such a thrilling performance...Blend and tuning are of an accuracy all too rarely heard, even in this golden age of British choral singing...Instrumental sonority, too, is meticulously judged.

The Times, 25th April 2014
After one blast from Butt's players and the 16-strong choir, lit up with individual colours, everyone who bends an ear should be riveted...Don't go to this recording for honeyed tones: Butt's voices come sprinkled with salt and pepper, even flecks of granite...almost every note, whoever wrote it, thrills, warms, and enchants.

All Music Guide, March 2014
The music is refreshed but familiar, and both purists for period practice and adherents of modern style can find common ground here. Linn's hybrid SACD offers extraordinarily clear and spacious sound, and the sharpness of the playing comes across in the mix without any loss of the wonderful acoustic resonance.

Sunday Times, 4th May 2014
Butt gets drama aplenty in the Dies irae, Rex tremendae and Confutatis, and includes two fascinating bonuses.

The Telegraph, 2nd May 2014
Butt instils fervour into his forces, fierce in rhythmic drive, forthright in the enunciation of the text...The ensemble projects far more strength than its modest proportions might suggest, but it is a sign of its sensitivity to the import and implications of the Requiem's atmosphere that its response to the more meditative parts of Mozart's and Süssmayr's music is of affecting, eloquently phrased sincerity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Greyfriar's Kirk, Edinburgh, UK (09/15/2013-09/19/2013).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K 626
  • Performers: Thomas Hobbs (Tenor); Joanne Lunn (Soprano); Matthew Vocal] (Baritone)
  • Conductor: John Butt
  • Ensemble: Dunedin Consort
  • Notes: Greyfriar's Kirk, Edinburgh, UK (09/15/2013-09/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Misericordias Domini, K 222 (205a)
  • Performers: Thomas Hobbs (Tenor); Joanne Lunn (Soprano); Matthew Vocal] (Baritone)
  • Conductor: John Butt
  • Notes: Greyfriar's Kirk, Edinburgh, UK (09/15/2013-09/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K 626
  • Performers: Thomas Hobbs (Tenor); Joanne Lunn (Soprano); Matthew Vocal] (Baritone)
  • Conductor: John Butt
  • Notes: Greyfriar's Kirk, Edinburgh, UK (09/15/2013-09/19/2013)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1791