Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
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Sir Neville Marriner, the conductor who led the late 20th-century Mozart boom with his contributions to the film Amadeus, works with the Fields players to deliver a finely balanced take on the composer's final statement. The modern-instrument sound gives the music a weight that fits the subject matter, though tempos remain fleet and dramatic throughout. By resisting the temptation to over-Romanticize the composer’s haunting innovations (as with the “Lacrimosa”), Marriner and the orchestra fully honor the composer’s intentions—and this requiem's unique profundity.
This has always been among my favorite classical albums. I love the drama and the emotion of this piece, and it all glisens through vividly in this recording. In fact, it is well established that this particular recording on the Phillips label is one of the finest recordings ever of Mozart's Requiem. You simply cannot go wrong with this album.
This recording of the Mozart Requiem is, in my opinion, the best one I've found so far. The words are a lot clearer then in other recordings. What really sticks out to me in this recording is the Kyrie because it is up to tempo, unlike some other recordings. If you already have a different recording of the Mozart Requiem, you should get this one to compare them. If you don't, get this one!!
great music always
I bought this album based on the reviews already written. I am a great fan of Mozart but haven't listened to this kind of sacred vocal music for a long time. I found this recording to be excellent like all the other reviewers, in fact as music goes this one really moved me deeply and brought tears to my eyes on the first listening. I never listened to the whole Requiem only excerpts which are played out in the movie Amadeus so I wanted to hear it in its entirety as Mozart wrote it. I am a fan of all kinds of music not only the classical genre, yet I am amazed that this 300 year old music still sounds so fresh and I would even venture to say it has an immense universal appeal beyond anything else which I have been listening to among contemporary music. I would reccomend it to any music lover.
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