Mozart: Requiem, Muti/Berlin (CD)

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Discs: 1
Record Label: Warner
Release Date: July 11, 2011

“Muti’s Requiem felt grand, solemn, weighty and occasionally ponderous, realized with the utmost sincerity . . . The Maestro’s very molded approach to phrasing drew equally alert and responsive playing from the orchestra.” — Chicago Tribune (on Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem, February 2015)

Mozart’s Requiem is surrounded by mystery and myth: commissioned anonymously by a wealthy aristocrat through an enigmatic “gray messenger,” it was left incomplete when the composer died in 1791. For all that, its true power lies in the solemn, yet often impassioned dignity of its musical language. Conducting the Berlin Philharmonic, two choirs from Sweden and a carefully chosen quartet of soloists, Muti, in the words of Gramophone leads “a big-scale reading, dramatically inclined.”


Mozart Ave verum corpus in D Major
Berlin Philharmonic
Swedish Radio choir
Stockholm Chamber Choir
February 1987, Philharmonie, Berlin

Mozart Requiem in D Minor
Patricia Pace soprano
Waltraud Meier mezzo-soprano
Frank Lopardo tenor
James Morris bass-baritone
Berlin Philharmonic
Swedish Radio Choir
Stockholm Chamber Choir
February 1987, Philharmonie, Berlin