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    Default Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor, K. 626

    This is one of Mozart's most popular works and probably the most famous requiem of them all. If you're unfamiliar with the fascinating story of the circumstances of its composition, you definitely want to read the wikipedia article about it. It's a very good article!

    But how do you feel about this work? What do you like or love about it? How does it challenge you?

    Feel free to discuss specific recordings. Here is Trout's list, based on his research:

    1. Harnoncourt (cond.), Schäfer, Fink, Streit, Finley, Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Choir (2003)

    2. Schreier (cond.), Price, Schmidt, Araiza, Adam, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Radio Chorus (1983)

    3. Herreweghe (cond.), Rubens, Markert, Bostridge, Müller-Brachmann, Champs-Élysées Orchestra, La Chapelle Royale Paris, Collegium Vocale (1996)

    4. Marriner (cond.), McNair, Watkinson, Araiza, Lloyd, Academy & Chorus of St. Matin in the Fields (1990)

    5. Mackerras (cond.), Gritton, Wyn-Rogers, Robinson, Rose, Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Chorus (2002)

    6. Böhm (cond.), Mathis, Hamari, Ochman, Ridderbusch, Haselbock, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Concert Choir (1971)

    7. Hogwood (cond.), Kirkby, Watkinson, Rolfe Johnson, Thomas, Orchestra & Chorus of the Academy of Ancient Music, Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir (1983)

    8. Gardiner (cond.), Bonney, von Otter, Blochwitz, White, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir (1986)

    9. Walter (cond.), Seefried, Simoneau, Tourel, Warfield, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Westminster Choir (1956)

    10. Giulini (cond.), Donath, Ludwig, Tear, Lloyd, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus (1979)
    I will link to some other TC posts and threads that are relevant to this discussion.

    You can see where this work currently ranks compared to others on the Talk Classical Community's Favorite and Most Highly Recommended Works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    This is one of Mozart's most popular works and probably the most famous requiem of them all. If you're unfamiliar with the fascinating story of the circumstances of its composition, you definitely want to read the wikipedia article about it. It's a very good article!

    But how do you feel about this work? What do you like or love about it? How does it challenge you?
    I still haven't found a "definite" recording of this piece. It's been more than a year since the last I listened to the Requiem, but it used to be one of my favorite compositions from the classical period. Even though I'm not a Christian, by listening to the Requiem I felt like a could understand what it means to feel regret, to ask for forgiveness, and what it means to die and go to the other world.

    However, nowadays I consider this "weight" (guilt, forgiveness, God's judgment) a bit overwhelming. I mean, it's a very beautiful piece (even for me, considering I'm not much into tonal music recently heh), but it's too emotionally heavy for me. As for religious music, I'm more into eastern music overall.
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    Why is this in the vocal section ant not religious.
    See also: https://www.talkclassical.com/search...archid=3807157
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Why is this in the vocal section ant not religious.
    One good reason is that there is singing in the work. Another is that the Vocal Forum states - "Forum for discussing vocal music including lieder and choral works".

    Some threads fit well into more than one forum - this is one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    One good reason is that there is singing in the work. Another is that the Vocal Forum states - "Forum for discussing vocal music including lieder and choral works".

    Some threads fit well into more than one forum - this is one of them.
    Requiem means religious, original a Catholic mass, so I do not agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Requiem means religious, original a Catholic mass, so I do not agree.
    That's quite a rigid take on the subject. Why do you care?

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    Concerning recordings, my go-to versions are Schierer, Gardiner and Bohm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    That's quite a rigid take on the subject. Why do you care?
    OP can get more response from link I provided , besides that; I can ask you the same question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    OP can get more response from link I provided , besides that; I can ask you the same question.
    I'm supporting Science, love Mozart's Requiem, and this forum is a reasonable spot for the thread.

    By the way, your link goes nowhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    I'm supporting Science, love Mozart's Requiem, and this forum is a reasonable spot for the thread.

    By the way, your link goes nowhere.
    It's not about who's right or wrong, so we disagree.
    Use the advance search on the main board, use Mozart Requiem in title only and you find lots of threads.
    This is one for starters.
    What is your favourite Mozart Requiem recording?
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