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Mozart: Requiem

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Mozart: Requiem
Mozart: Requiem


FIRST INTERNATIONAL RELEASE ON CD The version of Mozarts Requiem most frequently performed today and heard on this recording is Süssmayrs completion. Many have labelled his edition as a rushed, student effort (his own opera, Moses, was postponed due to his working on the Requiem), while others believe that no new edition or reworking, irrespective of how learned the scholar or composer, could ever replace the contemporaneous expressions inherit in Süssmayrs score. What is, however, unusual, is this 1950 recording with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Josef Krips, receiving its first international release on CD. It is of particular interest because of the employment of young Warner Pech and Hans Breitschopf treble and alto respectively in place of the usual soprano and mezzo soloists. Along with the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle, this all-male recording incorporates a compelling peculiarity to an already intriguing masterpiece. This really is a performance in church, so to speak, and it is wholly free from operatic vices The intimate note is struck at the outset The soft end of Rex tremendae is most moving The sotto voce singing of sopranos and altos in the quiet portions of Confutatis are angelically beautiful and [this recording contains] a great deal of magical sound. Gramophone, January 1951 Performers: Werner Pech, treble Hans Breitschopf, alto Walther Ludwig, tenor Harald Pröglhöf, bass
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