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Discussion: Mozart: Requiem - Butt

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Post by Jonalogic February 3, 2014 (1 of 2)
Yikes, an incredible amount of competition for this piece - even from within the Linn label.

It's going to have to be pretty incredible - or the new edition will have to be revelatory - for this to make waves, I suspect.

Post by Cicero February 3, 2014 (2 of 2)
A mix of live and studio patch-up sessions (??), according to the link posted here:


The conductor's musings are pretty confusing, at least to me. And Linn's information is confusing too:

"The Dunedin Consort presents the premiere recording of Mozart scholar David Black's new 2013 edition of Süssmayr's completion of Mozart's Requiem. In keeping with several other Dunedin projects, this provides the opportunity to re-imagine what this work may have sounded like at its very first performance. To this end, the recording will be 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."

For starters, the first performance was probably quite fragmentary, since it was given - incomplete, at Mozart's funeral? - before Süssmayr was even asked to complete the work. Is that what the new edition preserves? Does anybody know more about this new edition, and how it differs from others? As for the soloists being the leaders of the chorus, that seems pretty irrelevant. Did Butt enlarge his choral forces to account for the somewhat larger church choirs in Catholic Vienna in the 1790s? Or is he "recreating" the first performance's numbers, which must have been measly due to the nature of its circumstances?