[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]
Release Date: Wednesday 15 November 2017
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1791: a busy year for Mozart who, when he received a commission for a Requiem, was already working on Die Zauberflöte and had a deadline to deliver La clemenza di Tito. Everyone knows what happened next: the commission postponed, exhaustion and death, a work left unfinished and which, after several composers were approached, was finally completed by Süssmayr. This version gradually became established as the closest to Mozart's intentions, but is not free of faulty part-writing and orchestration. In 2016 a young French composer, Pierre-Henri Dutron, persuaded René Jacobs to perform his own revision of the Requiem completed by Süssmayr. This new version was created with great success in a series of five concerts around Europe in November 2016. We now present its first studio recording, released exclusively on harmonia mundi.
"Pierre-Henri Dutron takes a creative approach, not just correcting Süssmayr's infelicities but rewriting stretches of the music, changing bars of the Sanctus and Hosanna, completely reimagining the Benedictus, adding a few bars to the Lux Aeterna, and filling out the orchestration with basset horns in the Tuba Mirum and raging timpani in the Confutatis. The results are sometimes stimulating, often jarring. There is fine work from the soloists under René Jacobs, and plenty of force in his direction" Observer
"In his historically informed interpretation, Jacobs favors a lean orchestral texture and brisk tempos, and the orchestra plays with clear sonorities, preventing any muddiness in the basset horns and bassoons. The quartet of soprano Sophie Karthäuser, alto Marie-Claude Chappuis, tenor Maximilian Schmitt, and bass Johannes Weisser is well-blended and evenly balanced in the Tuba mirum, the Recordare, and the Hostias, and the RIAS Kammerchor provides transparent lines with crisp diction" AllMusic