King's College Choir has just released the second recording on their own label, Mozart Requiem: Realisations. This double CD is an exploration of the history and influence of Mozart’s famous Requiem.
It begins with a full recording of the Requiem in the popular completion by Mozart’s pupil Franz Xaver Süssmayr. This is followed by full movements completed by other composers, including Michael Finnissy and Duncan Druce.
The second disc presents a 68-minute audio documentary on the musical roots of the Requiem written by the renowned Mozart scholar Cliff Eisen. It features musical examples from the requiem and the works from which it draws inspiration, highlighting striking similarities between Mozart’s work and that of several contemporaries and predecessors.
The Choir, conducted by its Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, is joined for the recording by the Academy of Ancient Music playing period instruments. The soloists are Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano) and former King’s College choral scholars James Gilchrist (tenor) and Christopher Purves (baritone).
Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, said, “It is particularly special for me to have made this recording because I have known this work since I was a child and loved it very much. To have the chance to record it and to express some of my thoughts about it is just wonderful.
“I think our recording with boy trebles and period instruments will bring to the piece a particular strain of authenticity, and I hope that the sound world it inhabits will reflect something of what Mozart himself might have heard, if he had lived to hear the work performed.”
This second album on their own label follows the successful release of Nine Lessons & Carols, which reached #2 on the UK’s specialist classical chart in December 2012. The Choir's next release, scheduled for Autumn 2013, is Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicolas with Britten Sinfonia and tenor Andrew Kennedy.
You can order the CD online from The Shop at King's.