Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem, KV 626 (2000)
Vasiljka Jezovsek, Soprano; Claudia Schubert, Contralto
Marcus Ullmann, Tenor; Michael Voile, Bass
Barockorchester and Kammerchor Stuttgart, conducted by Frieder Bernius
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 192 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans ~ 50 Mb
Classical, Choral | Label: Carus | # 83.207 | Time: 00:46:15
Frieder Bernius and his Stuttgart forces weigh in with one of the finer Mozart Requiems in a very crowded field–and to ensure this performance’s relative exclusivity, it’s one of only a handful of recordings that use the edition by Franz Beyer, an intelligent and persuasive 1971 effort to correct “obvious textural errors” and some decidedly un-Mozartian features in the orchestration attributable to Franz Süssmayr, Mozart’s pupil/assistant who completed the work after the master’s death. This live concert performance from 1999 offers well-set tempos (including a vigorous Kyrie fugue), infectious rhythmic energy from both chorus and orchestra, robust, precise, musically compelling choral singing, a first rate quartet of soloists–and, especially considering its concert-performance setting, impressively detailed and vibrant sonics. The CD also features informative notes by Beyer himself.