Mariss Jansons, chief-conductor emeritus
Genia Kühmeier, soprano
Bernarda Fink, alto
Mark Padmore, tenor
Gerald Finley, bass
Netherlands Radio Choir
1. Introitus: Requiem
3. Sequentia: Dies irae – Tuba mirum – Rex tremendae – Recordare – Confutatis - Lacrimosa
4. Offertorium: Domine Jesu – Hostias
7. Agnus Dei
8. Communio: Lux aeterna
Recorded live at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 14-16 September 2011.
During his last years in Vienna Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed only three liturgical works: the short Ave Verum Corpus and two unfinished masterworks: the Mass in C minor and the Requiem in D minor. Most of his sacred oeuvre was written at an early age in the conservative city of Salzburg. The Requiem from 1791 is stylistically far removed from that early church music and suits the concert hall better than the church. Chief conductor Mariss Jansons leads the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dutch Radio Choir and a stellar vocal quartet, featuring Genia Kühmeier, Bernarda Fink, Mark Padmore and Gerald Finley in an intense reading of Mozart's last masterpiece.
From the press
"… a first rate regale … magnificently played and sung"
- Erik Voermans, Het Parool