Mozart: Requiem

Mozart: Requiem
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Artist Chamber Choir of Europe
Süddeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim
Nicol Matt conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93950
EAN code 5028421939506
Release July 2009

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In 1791, just after he completed The Magic Flute, Mozart received a call from a mysterious man commissioning him to compose a Requiem. The visitor gave Mozart an unsigned letter, which asked if he’d be prepared to undertake the composition, how much he’d charge for doing so and how long he would take to complete the work. The visitor returned a few days later, and paid the money Mozart had asked for, and was told that the work would be ready in four weeks. He who identified neither himself nor the name of his employer, and said that a person close to his master had died, and that his master wished to have a new Requiem performed in their memory.Mozart set about composition immediately, in spite of the fact that he also had to complete La clemenza di Tito for the coronation of Emperor Leopold in Prague.

By this time Mozart’s health was in a steep decline. He suffered frequent blackouts, and took to his bed, still insisting on working on the Requiem. His pupil Süssmayr helped him score the work, but Mozart died on 5th December 1791, leaving it unfinished. Süssmayr (who may have been romantically involved with Constanze at the time) was persuaded to complete the work.

Like the C minor Mass, the Requiem is a work of high drama, and written on a large scale. It set the pattern for the great Requiems of Berlioz and Verdi, especially in the Dies irae, where the writing is truly electrifying and the terror of the Day of Wrath palpable.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2001.
- Booklet notes and sung texts included.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Requiem In D Minor, K626: I. Introitus: Requiem aeternam
  2. Requiem In D Minor, K626: II. Kyrie eleison
  3. Requiem In D Minor, K626: III. Sequenz. Dies irae
  4. Requiem In D Minor, K626: III. Sequenz. Tuba mirum
  5. Requiem In D Minor, K626: III. Sequenz. Rex tremendae
  6. Requiem In D Minor, K626: III. Sequenz. Recordare
  7. Requiem In D Minor, K626: III. Sequenz. Confutatis
  8. Requiem In D Minor, K626: III. Sequenz. Lacrimosa
  9. Requiem In D Minor, K626: IV Offertorium. Domine Jesu
  10. Requiem In D Minor, K626: IV Offertorium. Hostias
  11. Requiem In D Minor, K626: V. Sanctus
  12. Requiem In D Minor, K626: VI. Benedictus
  13. Requiem In D Minor, K626: VII. Agnus Dei
  14. Requiem In D Minor, K626: VIII. Communio. Lux aeterna