I thought it would be a good idea to start a Mozart requiem thread. It's a problematic work and the questions over authenticity fascinate me as much as I rue the fact that this incredible work was left unfinished by the composer.
I came to the requiem quite early in my career as a Mozart devotee - and went through months listening to almost nothing else - reading the research - trying different recordings - approaches.
The best recording I have ever heard remains John Eliot Gardiner's period performance on Philips and I would like to ask for alternative recommendations - as I have not tried any recording made in the last 15 years - I have probably heard the lot before that - Karajan, Bohm etc etc
It's a sublime and frustrating experience listening to this work - it soars to heights - and falls into troughs - where no doubt Mozart's intentions are unknown. The ending is disappointing and I cannot believe Mozart would have completed his requiem in the unimaginative way that his pupil did. Nevertheless - it seems to me that the traditional performance edition is the best - I hate Hogwood's recording.
So I would like to ask if anyone has any thoughts on this work - how do you listen to it? I know some people who listen as far as the Lacrymosa - rejecting the latter half as too spurious to warrant further attention. Yet there is much fine music and I personally listen all the way to the end. The Sanctus is too banal and I can't believe a single note of that belongs to Mozart. But there is beauty in the Benedictus and Agnus Dei.
Does anyone know if scholarship on the requiem has advanced or shed any additional light on this work in the last 15 years or so - I have been out of touch.