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MOZART: Requiem in D minor

Composer(s):Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
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Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.557728
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
 
 
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At his premature death in the early hours of 5th December, 1791, Mozart left his final masterpiece unfinished and shrouded in mystery. It had been commissioned by a ‘grey messenger’ whose ghostly apparition convinced the sick and impoverished composer that he was being told to write his own musical epitaph. This and the myth of his being poisoned by the jealous Salieri became the stuff of legend in the 19th century, and inspired an opera, a play and a film in the twentieth century. The Requiem remains one of the most personal, impassioned and profound of Mozart’s works.


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Review By Mark Estren,Naxos,April 2006

Morten Schuldt-Jensen offers what would seem to be an uneasy mixture of modernized and authentic performances on these CDs. The orchestra uses modern instruments, but it plays � and the singers sing � in accordance with performance practices of the time at which the music was written. Schuldt-Jensen makes no apologies for this approach, whose intellectual underpinnings are not particularly strong. But he makes a superb case for it in the implementation: these are, by any measures, wonderful and wholly convincing performances of masterworks.

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