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  82876587052, BVCD-34022
  Mozart: Requiem - Harnoncourt
  Mozart: Requiem in D minor (revised edition: Franz Beyer)

Christine Schafer
Bernarda Fink
Kurt Streit
Gerald Finley
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Concentus Musicus Wein
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
Track listing:
  Total time: 50:15
  Classical - Vocal
Recording type:
Recording info:
  Live Recording, Grosser Musikvereinssaal Wien Austria, November 27-December 1, 2003
  Includes manuscript score as CD-ROM track.

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Review by 2-channel January 25, 2006 (8 of 17 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
Harnoncourt at his most self-indulgent I'm afraid, scarcely giving the music time or space to breathe. Hectic and overdramatic.

The claustrophobic effect of the close microphone technique, with the choir practically in the laps of the players, and with virtually no soundstage depth, reinforces the breathless quality of the performance. Wolfy would not be impressed.

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Review by jmvilleneuve January 23, 2005 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I have a love/hate relationship with this SACD. It is a splendid interpretation which pushes the Mozart requiem toward maximum dramatic intensity and which underlines contrast between the moments of acceptance and the moments of angers (or of fears of the divine). But this energy which comes partly because it is a live recording, is also the weakness of this SACD. Particularly in the stronger passages the sound is really flat. It does not have any perception of sound depth between the choir and the orchestra. The recording is more appropriate in the softer passages, or when one or more of the 4 soloists are singing.

I have a more complete review on my website at

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Review by Papahem March 30, 2013 (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
I am really at a loss as to the tepid to poor reviews, here. I have a pretty good (sane) system: Maggie 1.7 's, NAD 375 BEE and Oppo BDP-105; superb SVS sealed box Ultra-13 subwoofer; wire all around Paul Speltz; good Furman line conditioner. I can still hear reasonably well. And what I hear is nothing short of sublime. This sacd is normally discounted heavily on-line. Picked mine up for $7.99! Would have paid 3 x that!! Own the Von Karajan, too, but quite frankly prefer the Harnoncourt: More fire, more air, more je ne sais quoi...posting system bona fides not for jollies or wankery, but so folks know the basis of the basics - peace out.

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Works: 1  

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem in D minor, K. 626