MOZART: RE­QUIEM; MIS­ERI­COR­DIAS DOMINI K222 Dunedin Con­sort/ John Butt Linn Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

CKD 449 ★★★★★ “Re­con­struc­tion of first per­for­mance” claims the cover. What this means is that John Butt uses the lat­est schol­arly text of the fa­mil­iar Franz Süss­mayr com­ple­tion of Mozart’s Re­quiem. And, to match the forces avail­able at the Jahn-Saal in Vi­enna on Jan­uary 2nd, 1793, he uses a choir of just 16 voices, which in­cludes and is clearly led by the four vo­cal soloists, Joanne Lunn, Rowan Hel­lier, Thomas Hobbs and Matthew Brook. His orches­tra num­bers 31. Mas­sive­ness is out, metic­u­lous ob­ser­va­tion is in. The per­for­mance is sinewy and ex­pres­sive, lit as from within, and cap­tures the con­tra­pun­tal writ­ing in a way that can only be called pris­tine. There’s also an even lighter re­con­struc­tion of the sec­tions that might have been heard ear­lier at Mozart’s ac­tual fu­neral. See

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