Following the success of the Mozart Mass in C minor last year, CORO is delighted to announce the release of its second recording with Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society. Celebrated soloists Elizabeth Watts, Phyllis Pancella, Andrew Kennedy and Eric Owens joined Harry and the Society to record Mozarts Requiem live at Bostons Symphony Hall earlier this year. Mozarts final moments are reflected through this masterpiece of drama, intensity and depth. The mysterious circumstances surrounding the Requiems commission (delivered by a messenger in black who refused to reveal the identity of the person who had sent him), and the fact it was left incomplete by a dying Mozart, have ensured a continued fascination with the work. Completed by Mozarts colleague Süssmayr in 1792, the Requiem is one of Mozarts most popular and enduring works and one of the most enigmatic pieces of music ever composed. The CD will also feature Mozarts Ave verum corpus and the first recording on period instruments of his concert aria Per questa bella mano for bass voice and solo double bass obligatoa piece famous for its fiendishly difficult double bass part, performed superbly on this recording by Robert Nairn. Harry Christophers was appointed Artistic Director of Bostons internationally acclaimed Handel and Haydn Society in 2008. Founded in 1815, the Society is the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the U.S. and has given the American premieres of major works by Handel, Bach and Haydn, has won a Grammy Award, and will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015.
If you've found Mozart's Requiem overbearing and stodgy in the past,this new recording is the one for you.It's the most consistently engaging and propulsive recording of the Requiem I've heard.So hats off to all concerned,but particularly to Harry Christophers for shaping and controlling such irresistable dramatic momentum over the entire duration of the Requiem.DISC OF THE MONTH --Classic fm Magazine,Nov'11
The choir is well balanced, negotiating the fast passages with impressive neatness. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Dec'11
The Choral singing is very fine indeed. --IRR,Oct'11
Christophers wears his other hat for a live Boston Requiem. --Gramophone,Jan'12