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    Just picked up a new CD, Dutron's completion of Mozart's Requiem conducted by Jacobs. I like everything about it, and would call it the best among those completions that have added new material, though I don't think Dutron's rewrite of the Sanctus improves on Sußmayr's. I think Dutron's completion/rewrite of the Lacrimosa is the finest I know of. I have two recordings of Levin's rewrite. I think he's the most Mozartian (probably the most knowledgeable of any in his field as to composing "in the style" of Mozart). Here's a Youtube video of five Amen completions. I personally find Levin's to be the most Mozartian, even retaining the elevated tone of the Requiem.



    The Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs completion strikes me as too operatic for a church fugue (given Mozart's other examples). Maunder and Druce tend to slacken and meander. The Tamas, version, to my taste, sounds too much like a student work taken from the baroque.

    And here's a list of modern completions:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern...rt%27s_Requiem

    And here's a completion done by a composer, Sigismund Neukomm, born in Mozart's lifetime:



    And another from Ignaz von Seyfried for Beethoven's funeral (roughly same years as Neukomm)



    My favorites, representing three kinds of approaches (I think):

    • Harnoncourt's Requiem (with minimal tweaks to Sußmayr's score)
    • Pearlman's Requiem (completion by Levin with original material on original instruments)
    • Jacobs' Requiem (extensive addition and original material)
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    Quote Originally Posted by vtpoet View Post
    I personally find Levin's to be the most Mozartian, even retaining the elevated tone of the Requiem.
    I say Amen to this.
    Considering the way Misericordias Domini in D Minor K. 222 (1775) develops (the 'A-B-C-D-E' in the soprano) resembles Levin's completion of Amen.

    [ 3:28 ]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4PQRbBn3OI&t=3m28s


    [ 23:04 ]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGg2AwyNZA4&t=23m4s
    Last edited by hammeredklavier; Jan-15-2020 at 17:08.

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    I certainly think Jacob's recording is one of the very best and one that gives you less of a sense of a falling off of greatness when you move into the completed parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammeredklavier View Post
    I say Amen to this.
    Considering the way Misericordias Domini in D Minor K. 222 (1775) develops (the 'A-B-C-D-E' in the soprano) resembles Levin's completion of Amen....
    Thanks. Listened again to Levin's cleaning up of the Sanctus. Everybody complains about the voice leading and part writing in the Sanctus but it really is beautiful. I mean, it's so far above and beyond anything else that Sußmayr wrote that there has to be some of Mozart's intentions in there. What's fascinating is that I once read that the Sanctus is actually based on a very common musical idea that Mozart used to give his students as exercises. Could it be that the Sanctus was the result of an exercise given to and guided by Mozart prior to or concomitant with the Requiem?

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    vtpoet if I may, I give you a suggestion.
    Go to the main board, use advance search and type:

    Mozart requiem
    Lots of topic about Mozart Requiem.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    vtpoet if I may, I give you a suggestion.
    Go to the main board, use advance search and type:

    Mozart requiem
    Lots of topic about Mozart Requiem.
    Yeah, I tried that. Either the search algorithm isn't too hot or I used the wrong search terms. All kinds of stuff came up but nothing directly related to my post. Not saying it's not out there, but I checked first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vtpoet View Post
    Yeah, I tried that. Either the search algorithm isn't too hot or I used the wrong search terms. All kinds of stuff came up but nothing directly related to my post. Not saying it's not out there, but I checked first.
    Here is one for starters:
    What is your favourite Mozart Requiem recording?
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