Mozart: Mass in C minor, K427; Mass in C, K317 (Coronation); Requiem

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3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0

COMPOSERS: Mozart
LABELS: Philips Duo
WORKS: Mass in C minor, K427; Mass in C, K317 (Coronation); Requiem
PERFORMER: Helen Donath, Heather Harper, Yvonne Minton, Gillian Knight, Ryland Davies, Stafford Dean, Gerd NienstedtJohn Alldis Choir, LSO & Chorus, BBC SO/Colin Davis
CATALOGUE NO: 438 800-2 ADD (1967/71)
This generous selection of Mozart’s church music includes his two unfinished choral masterworks, the ‘Great’ Mass in C minor and the Requiem. Unfortunately, these performances under the aegis of Colin Davis are disappointing. The rich splendour of the C minor Mass eludes him and his Requiem too falls short on both gravity and grandeur. The rather thin recorded sound doesn’t help. For a very good Requiem, at a budget price, I’d recommend Richard Hickox’s version on Virgin Virgo. Graham Lock

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