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This is my comprehensive list of favourite Requiem composers in order:

1) Ockeghem (c. 1410 - 1497)
2) Tomas Luis de Victoria (c. 1548 - 1611)
3) Cristobal de Morales (c. 1500 - 1553)
4) Francisco Guerrero (1528 - 1599)
5) Jean Richafort (c. 1480 - c. 1547)
6) W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)
7) José de Torres y Martínez Bravo (ca.1670-1738)
8) Alonso Lobo (1555 - 1617)
9) Manuel Cardoso (1566 - 1650)
10) Pedro de Escobar (c. 1465 - after 1535)
11) Orlando Lassus (1532 - 1594)
12) Filipe de Magalhães (1571 - 1652)
13) Juan Cererols Fornells (1618 - 1680)
14) Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
15) Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 - 1594)
16) Johann Adolph Hasse (1699 - 1783)
17) Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
18) André Campra (1660 - 1744)
19) Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679 - 1745)
20) Luigi Cherubini (1760 - 1842)
21) Antonín Dvořák (1841 - 1904)
22) Johann Christian Bach (1735 - 1782)
23) Michael Haydn (1737 - 1806)
24) François-Joseph Gossec (1734 - 1829)
25) Osip Kozlovsky (1757 - 1831)
26) Jean Gilles (1668 - 1705)
27) Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869)
 
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This Requiem by Michael Haydn for the very moving Begräbnismesse, Stephansdom in Wien - 16.7.2011 - for Otto von Habsburg, last remaining direct descendant of Austrian Emperor: service performed by Kardinal Christoph Schönborn of Wien.

 

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I had a listen to the Hamilton after reading your post. Really enjoyed it, too. Great piece.
Mozart is by far my favourite, I have this Karajan SACD which I very much enjoy:


Brahms is a good second.

Recently I discovered the Requiem by Timothy Hamilton on Naxos, never heard of this young composer but appreciated it very much.
 

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Favorite Requiems may be the most difficult of choices for me. I love so many of them. For pure inspiration and transcendent beauty, I could listen to the Durufle every week for the rest of my life and never tire of it. The Pie Jesu and Agnus Dei are to die for (pun intended). Perhaps my favorite recording is the Robert Shaw and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra version. Shaw's Pie Jesu has the entire soprano section sing the Pie Jesu instead of a soprano solo - purely angelic! The Mozart, Verdi, Brahms and Faure follow closely behind. How very different they all are from each other.
 

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I don't know that I have a favorite. I think each one must b e the favorite when I listen to it, then I go and listen to another one.

This AM I heard Cherubini. Right now it is Saint-saens. Both magnificent.
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Will someone do a tally to see which composers will row us to the isle of the dead?
I just finished counting the votes of each member. All composers cited by each member were counted, including when a different number than three citations was considered, except if the composer didn't write a requiem, was cited negatively, or was already cited in a previous participation of the member. The composers and their respective scores (citations) follow below (in alphabetical order when more than one per score):

1. Mozart ............................................................... 68
2. Fauré ................................................................. 56
3. Brahms .............................................................. 49
4. Verdi ................................................................. 44
5. Berlioz ............................................................... 32
6. Duruflé .............................................................. 17
7. Britten and Dvorak ............................................... 16
8. Ligeti, Ockeghem and Victoria ................................ 11
9. Cherubini and M. Haydn ........................................ 10
10. Schnittke ........................................................... 7
11. Saint-Saëns ....................................................... 6
12. Rutter ............................................................... 5
13. Biber, Howells, Morales, Penderecki and Webber ...... 4
14. Lassus, Palestrina and Richafort ............................. 3

The following composers received two votes: Cardoso, Delius, Desenclos, Gilles, Gounod, Guerrero, Howells, Liszt, Lobo, Moran, Pizzetti, Sculthorpe and Zelenka.

The remaining composers, cited only once, are: Artyomov, J.C. Bach, Birtwistle, Bravo, Campra, Cavalli, Caurroy, Escobar, Eybler, Fornells, Foulds, Fux, Gossec, Hamerik, Hamilton, Hasse, Henze, Hindemith, Holmboe, Jenkins, Kabalevsky, Kokkonen, Kozlovsky, Magalhães, Neukomm, Nunes Garcia, Preisner, Ropartz, Rutti, Ryu, Schumann, Schutz, Sgambati, Shaw, Stanford, Stravinsky, Suppé and Tüür.
 

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I just finished counting the votes of each member. All composers cited by each member were counted, including when a different number than three citations was considered, except if the composer didn't write a requiem, was cited negatively, or was already cited in a previous participation of the member. The composers and their respective scores (citations) follow below (in alphabetical order when more than one per score):

1. Mozart ............................................................... 68
2. Fauré ................................................................. 56
3. Brahms .............................................................. 49
4. Verdi ................................................................. 44
5. Berlioz ............................................................... 32
6. Duruflé .............................................................. 17
7. Britten and Dvorak ............................................... 16
8. Ligeti, Ockeghem and Victoria ................................ 11
9. Cherubini and M. Haydn ........................................ 10
10. Schnittke ........................................................... 7
11. Saint-Saëns ....................................................... 6
12. Rutter ............................................................... 5
13. Biber, Howells, Morales, Penderecki and Webber ...... 4
14. Lassus, Palestrina and Richafort ............................. 3

The following composers received two votes: Cardoso, Delius, Desenclos, Gilles, Gounod, Guerrero, Howells, Liszt, Lobo, Moran, Pizzetti, Sculthorpe and Zelenka.

The remaining composers, cited only once, are: Artyomov, J.C. Bach, Birtwistle, Bravo, Campra, Cavalli, Caurroy, Escobar, Eybler, Fornells, Foulds, Fux, Gossec, Hamerik, Hamilton, Hasse, Henze, Hindemith, Holmboe, Jenkins, Kabalevsky, Kokkonen, Kozlovsky, Magalhães, Neukomm, Nunes Garcia, Preisner, Ropartz, Rutti, Ryu, Schumann, Schutz, Sgambati, Shaw, Stanford, Stravinsky, Suppé and Tüür.
moving on:

Hors concours:
1. JS Bach, Motetten (not literally a Requiem-text, but written for the same occasion)
2. Messiaen, Éclairs sur l'Au-Dela (no words, but very similar Requiem structure)

On topic:
1. Britten
2. Durufle
3. Brahms
 
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