Notes & Reviews:
This new performance of one of the most emblematic music works ever composed is the debut recording of Insula Orchestra, a new formation (on period instruments) co-founded in 2012 by Laurence Equilbey. Along with an impressive range of soloists (Sandrine Piau, Sara Mingardo, Werner Güra and Christopher Purves) and Accentus, the leading European choir also founded by Laurence Equilbey twenty years ago, they offer an intense and stylish performance of Mozart's Requiem. Composed in his final year and unfinished, the work is still today shrouded in mystery.
The Observer, 28th September 2014
There is a superb high-level quartet of soloists, with Werner Gnra's ringing tenor prominent and Sandrine Piau's plainsong icy sharp. The wiry Insula Orchestra is softened by basset horns and bassoons, while the Accentus choir has a light European texture, robust where needed, but in the female voices of Voca me cum benedictis echoing ethereally into eternity.
BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
Balance generally...is superbly managed by the experienced conductor, Laurence Equilbey...Her soloists, too, match well as a quartet...for all Equilbey's avoidance of theatricality it's the sense of detail, care and attention she imparts as well as fluency that makes her interpretation memorable.
Choir & Organ, January/February 2015
It's rare to hear a Requiem so bracingly and affirmatively sung.
International Record Review, January 2015
A very fine and very satisfying performance indeed.
Early Music Today, March/May 2015
Equilbey's tempi have an un-indulgent discipline that maintains the velocity of the faster movements to exciting effect. The chamber choir Accentus should be better known outside of France: their sound is vibrant and fresh. The recording's team of soloists is very well balanced, underpinned ably by Christopher Purves' velvety bass-baritone.
Recording information: Chapelle Royale de Versailles. France (02/2014).
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Works DetailsMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Requiem in D minor, K 626
- Performers: Christopher Purves (Bass Baritone); Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Werner Güra (Tenor)
- Conductor: Laurence Equilbey
- Ensemble: Insula Orchestra Accentus
- Running Time: 46 min. 38 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1791