Mezzo-Soprano: Phyllis Pancella
Tenor: Andrew Kennedy
Bass-Baritone: Eric Owens
Choir: Handel and Haydn Society
Orchestra: Handel and Haydn Society
Conductor: Harry Christophers
Date: April, 29 & May 1, 2011
Venue: Symphony Hall, Boston, USA
Cat No.: COR16093
Mozart’s final moments are reflected through this masterpiece of drama, intensity and depth. The mysterious circumstances surrounding the Requiem’s 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 Mozart’s colleague Süssmayr in 1792, theRequiem is one of Mozart’s most popular and enduring works and one of the most enigmatic pieces of music ever composed.
The CD also features Mozart’s 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 obligato—a piece famous for its fiendishly difficult double bass part, performed superbly on this recording by Robert Nairn.
Download the booklet here.