- Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
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Mozart: Requiem based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I know of no other recording of the Requiem which is as clear, as emotionally expressive, and as pleasing to the ear as this one. Robert Shaw is gotten it all right. The Atlanta Symphony and Shaw's soloists and chorus alike have brought the drama inherent in each of these compositions to life, and all the performances are techincally above reproach. Shaw's interpretation of the Rex Tremendae is unparalleled in painting the image of the Righteous King who returns as Judge; his Lacrimosa perfectly captures the pathos of the tears shed over the Day of Judgment; his Confutatis is appropriately fiery; his Recordare, Hostias, and Benedictus are serene and beautiful. Everything works together in this recording. It's probably my favorite CD in my whole classical collection, and there is not another recording of it that possesses half the brilliance. Buy this CD immediately!
Mozart's requiem is undoubtably one of the greatest musical creations ever. Sadly, this recording is a poor representation of its beauty and power. The singing sounds heavy and laboured, and fails to convey the drama and emotion needed to do the composition justice. Different versions of the Requiem differ in pace, and this one is slow - no bad thing in itself, but each piece seems to drag out too much. Comparable to this, but far superior is Carlo Giulini's recording with the Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra on EMI Classics released in 2000. But for the unmatched alternative try Herbert Von Karajan's version with the Wiener Singverein and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.