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    Hogwood for me. Bruno Walter if I'm in an old fashioned mood

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    Well, phooey! I came here hoping to ask, "He wrote more than one?"

    My own version is by a conductor and orchestra I've never heard of elsewhere, but it seems to suffice.

    Rilling is probably my favourite conductor who's alive - haven't heard his Mozart Requiem yet, though! His style is well-crafted and balanced, and his choice of repertoire is most excellent - a lot of Romantic choral works! His recordings can be found on the Hänssler Classic label.
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    Check these two out, it's worth it. Not too many people outside Brazil are aware the Requiem has only been concluded by Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm (1778-1858) in 1819, and much less that it's received its final editions and been concluded in Rio de Janeiro where Neukomm lived from 1816 to 1821, and where the concluded work premiered December 19, 1819, conducted by José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767-1830).

    Mozart: Requiem in D Minor, conclu par Sigismund Neukomm (Sequence):


    Mozart (Eybler, Süssmayr, etc.): Requiem in re minore K.626 (con Libera me di Sigismund Neukomm):


    About the Requiem's edition and conclusion, I pretty mistrust José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767-1830) had a hand at it, and substantially; listen here to these two recordings of a Requiem composed by Nunes Garcia from 1816 and get to your own conclusions:

    Symphonic Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro Federal University, conducted by Ernani Aguiar:


    Helsinki Philarmonic Orchestra & Morgan State College Choir, conducted by Paul Freeman:

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    William Christie with Les Arts Florissant for me, 1994 on Erato.

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    My preferred version is that of Robert Levin - he chooses to keep many elements of the Süssmayr completion as he feels that they are, if not pure Mozart, at least influenced directly by Mozart's input. I love his inclusion and completion of the Amen fugue, as well as his expansion of the Hosanna fugue in the Sanctus and Benedictus.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsp6XQmnb3I


    Also, I am a huge fan of this little-known take on the Lacrimosa - it's by Hungarian composer Pánczél Tamás

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E814iS5w42M
    Last edited by Ferrariman601; Oct-19-2015 at 18:49.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDaddy View Post
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    My two personal faves, with Shaw and company holding down the number one slot, though only by a narrow margin (if only it was a better quality recording! it's quite murky but, from a performance perspective, it's never been outdone).
    Both of those are excellent. Shaw is great but unfortunately his beautiful recordings on Telarc are somewhat marred by Atlanta Symphony Hall's lackluster acoustics. Marriner is always good with Mozart and McNair is one of my favorite sopranos.

    However, neither one ranks as my all time favorite. As a few other members here had already mentioned, this one by Christie on Erato is the one I like best. It's a bit slow in tempi at times and not as consistent as the Shaw and Marriner, but when it does shine it shines brightly. The Recordare here is the most sublime, beautiful rendition of it I have yet to hear on disc.

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    Oh, Böhm is my favourite.
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    Oh, Böhm is my favourite.
    Mine also, and for many years to come
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    Oh, Böhm is my favourite.
    a bit sluggish? that trip to the afterlife takes till the end of the world in Bohm's reading

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    I have enjoyed the Colin Davis version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF0I0n56tHM

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    Quote Originally Posted by stomanek View Post
    a bit sluggish? that trip to the afterlife takes till the end of the world in Bohm's reading
    Sure! I'm madly in love with sluggish, stiff and serious German things. Now, I'm reminded by, how Heinrich Heine, in Die Romantische Schule, described Das Nibelungenlied to his French audience: its characters are like gothic cathedrals walking slowly and sluggishly, assembling to a clearing in the forest, monumental, immense, a bit comical... then they proceed to chop each others heads off. Notre Dame slowly heaves beside Chartres, raises a sword... CHOP... CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH... BAMMMMMMMM... the heaving continues.
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    deleted post--see other Req. thread. https://www.talkclassical.com/47664-what-your-favourite-mozart-post1543767.html#post1543767
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    My favorite is definitely now Currentzis:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2BQ8JJzDM

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Dunedin Consort, John Butt ‎– Requiem in D minor, K. 626, reconstruction of first performance


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    I have a lovely recording by Beecham and the RPO

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