from Burgess Hill, W Sussex United Kingdom
I'm someone with a special interest in this sort of thing so was expecting to be difficult to impress. I was impressed. The whole project is just about my ideal kind of thing: scholarly and also performed with imagination and finesse. I couldn't help but go straight to Cliff Eisen's highly informative and engaging historical notes on the second disc, and this set up listening to the music itself perfectly. Stephen Cleobury and the sound engineers between them seem to have tamed the, I imagine, problematic acoustic - the moments when the echo smudged the harmony were few and far between. Choir, orchestra and soloists all sound on fine form. Generally I preferred the realisations which kept things reasonably simple, although Michael Finnissy's effort was worth the inclusion for his basset horn writing alone. Would highly recommend this CD, whether you're interested in all the historical detail or not.
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June 5, 2013
from Brockham, Surrey United Kingdom
This disc is an absolute cracker, and a must-hear for all Mozart enthusiasts. The requiem is one of my favourite works: despite knowing that the experts have reservations about Sussmayr's completion it has a special place in my heart for personal reasons, and I'm sure it's the same for many other music-lovers. Nonetheless it is absolutely fascinating to hear side by side in this way the differences when comparing to completions by others. The informative second CD was a delight. And of course the choir and soloists sound sublime. In short, highly recommended.