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Salieri: Requiem

> Requiem in C minor - Introitus - Kyrie
> Requiem in C minor - Sequence
> Requiem in C minor - Offertory
> Requiem in C minor - Sanctus
> Requiem in C minor - Benedictus
> Requiem in C minor - Agnus Dei - Communio
> Requiem in C minor - Libera me, Domine
> Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt, Op. 112 - Meeresstille
> Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt, Op. 112 - Gluckliche Fahrt
> Offertory: Intende voci in B flat major, D. 963 - Offertory: Intende voci in B flat major, D. 963

Album Summary

>Salieri, Antonio : Requiem, for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in C minor
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 112
>Schubert, Franz : Offertory in B flat major, D 963 "Intende voci"
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
Lawrence Foster chooses convincing tempi and relishes the intermittent opportunities for drama in the Sequence...The chorus, topped by a youthful, unwobbly soprano line, sing with fresh, well-knit tone; and the solo quartet, with little to challenge them, bledn agreeably.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grande Auditório of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, (11/2009).



Reviews

Last will and counterpoint
Mozart probably never knew who he was writing the famous Requiem for, but his rival Antonio Salieri had no such problem: he planned this Mass to be used at his own funeral. It's certainly the work of a craftsman, and while observing all the conventions of its time, offers variety in some of the details, such as the startling key change when the Osanna fugue returns (which almost seems to take the singers by surprise), and a lovely unaccompanied passage for the solo quartet and chorus in the no-strings "Libera Me". Shorter--and cheerier--vocal works by Beethoven and Schubert, two of Salieri's pupils, fill out the disc for a nice program. No texts in any language, which is a shame as the chorus' words are often unintelligible, though they sing well otherwise, as do all the soloists.
Submitted on 06/17/10 by Jim D. 
Funeral rites for the self stoke Salieri's muse
Milos Forman’s 1984 film Amadeus encouraged in the public mind an image of Salieri as a bumbling also-ran to Mozart’s otherworldly genius, with the corollary that his music merited no serious consideration. While this sort of a breezy judgment is surely a little simplistic in its apportioning of all-or-nothing value, the Salieri pieces I have listened to through the years did not make me take serious exception to the notion that his music can be, well, a little dull. This Requiem, however, is a fully vital work that engages its subject matter with intensity of purpose; its dramatic flourishes never feel gratuitous, but are deeply affecting. While moments of sanguine calm flicker through the movements, and dominate the brief middle section made up of the Offertorium, Sanctus, and Benedictus, the mood overall is elegiac. The whole is interlaced with a poignant melodic leitmotif whose first incarnation on the English horn pierces the sepulchral mood of the opening bars and resurfaces in several movements. Perhaps the designee of Salieri’s Requiem proved especially inspiring: the piece was written to be performed at the composer’s own funeral. There are no solos, and few moments when the quartet of vocalists break off from the choir; maybe an indication that this composer known primarily for his operas, writing in an age when sacred music was frequently suffused with vocal virtuosity borrowed from the stage, distanced himself entirely from worldly matters in contemplating his own death and afterlife.
Submitted on 08/09/10 by Berna Can 
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>Salieri, Antonio : Requiem, for soloists, chorus, orchestra & organ in C minor
  • Performers: Luis Rodrigues (Bass); Adam Zdunikowski (Tenor); Arianna Zukerman (Soprano); Simona Ivas; Antonio Esteireiro (Organ); Alice Caplow-Sparks
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 38 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1804
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, cantata for chorus & orchestra, Op. 112
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1814-1815
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Offertory in B flat major, D 963 "Intende voci"
  • Performers: Pedro Ribeiro (Oboe); Marius Brenciu (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 10/1828
  • Studio/Live: Live