• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Requiem (Reconstruction of first performance)

    Dunedin Consort, John Butt

    Requiem (Reconstruction of first performance) 1 sacd CKD 449
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The Dunedin Consort presents the premiere recording of Mozart scholar David Black's new 2013 edition of Süssmayr's completion of Mozart's Requiem. It was named winner of the 'Choral' category at the 2014 Gramophone Awards.

This GRAMMY-nominated recording provides the opportunity to re-imagine what this work may have sounded like at its very first performance and won Dunedin Consort its second Gramophone Award. The recording is the first not only to use this new edition, but also to present the work using forces close in style and scale to those at the first performances.

One striking element of these performances is the fact that the soloists are also the leaders of the choir, thus giving a greater consistency to the relationship between the solo numbers and the choruses. Taking centre stage are soloists Joanne Lunn soprano, Rowan Hellier alto, Thomas Hobbs tenor and Matthew Brook bass-baritone.

Choral Award Winner

2014 Gramophone Awards

Best Choral Performance
GRAMMY nominee

John Butt, conductor
(Matthew Brook, Rowan Hellier, Thomas Hobbs & Joanne Lunn; Dunedin Consort)

Building A Library: First Choice
BBC Radio 3 - Record Review

February 2016


Gramophone Recording of the Month:
‘Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years. It is Butt's minute attention to these details, though, that makes this such a thrilling performance.'

Gramophone 'Top 10 Recent Mozart Recordings' (April 2015)

'No. 5 in the Top 20 Classical Albums of 2014' Amazon.co.uk