Mozart Requiem in D-minor KV 626 – DRSymfoniOrkestret – Dirigent: Manfred Honeck-DR Koncertkoret Unfinished index below (click Show more)
Christiane Karg, Soprano
Kristina Wahlin, Mezzo-soprano (Alt)
Maximilian Schmitt, Tenor
Liang Li, Bass

01:30 Gregoriansk sang: Requiem Aeternam
02:52 Mozart: Maurerische Trauermusik
07:55 Gregoriansk sang: Domine Exaldi Oratonem mean
09:45 Mozart: Laudate Dominum fra vesperate solennes de confessore
13:42 Gregoriansk sang: In quacomque die
15:08 Requiem D-moll
41:45 Mozart: Requiem in D-moll + Gregoriansk sang: Christus factus est.

The sound seems to be somewhat distorted. It is in the original broadcast and can unfortunatelt not be helped!

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About Mozart:
Born and baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart.
In his last years Mozart had a mysterious commission. He had to write a requiem for an anonymous person who would pay him princely for the music.

Although Mozart was very busy making his opera The Magic Flute, he could not afford to say no to the order. And thus he went into his life’s last and worst stage.

During the work with the requiem, Mozart’s poor health was even worse. He was just 35 years old but felt he would soon die. He suffered obsessive thoughts that he had been poisoned and that a Requiem would be a fair death for himself. Until a few days before his death, Mozart wrote the Requiem. He was never finished – only 2/3 of the music was written when he died on the 5th of december 1791.

His widow Constanze asked some of Mozart’s friends to complete the Requiem. The first two sections could easily be completed, and Mozart’s friends performed them at Mozart’s funeral. But to Constanze could get paid the fee, should be complete requiem.

Mozart’s pupil Süssmayr was the only one who dared to try to finish it, although he was not a skilled composer. How Mozart himself would have completed Requiem, one can only guess. Several musicologists have tried to improve Süssmayrs contributions.

Others believe that the result after all can not get closer than the original plan, and Mozart’s survivors found this to be the best solution.
Mozart’s Requiem is one of his finest and most poignant pieces of music. It has set an unattainable high standard for posterity, and it has created countless myths about Mozart’s death. But who was it that ordered the Requiem of Mozart poor?
Researchers have found out that it was an eccentric count, who pretended he was a composer. Every year on his deceased wife’s death he ordered, therefore, a piece of music in the city, which he played at his castle, under his own name.?
This information is basicly inspired by the Danish source: Jens Cornelius
Om Mozarts formodentlig sidste komposition på dansk.
Få måneder før sin død fik Mozart en mystisk bestillingsopgave. Han skulle skrive et requiem, altså en katolsk dødsmesse, til en anonym person, der betalte ham fyrsteligt.
Selv om Mozart havde meget travlt med at gøre sin opera Tryllefløjten færdig, havde han ikke råd til at sige nej til bestillingen. Og dermed gik han ind i sit livs mest hektiske og dramatiske fase.
Undervejs med arbejdet med Requiet blev Mozarts dårlige helbred endnu værre. Han var bare 35 år, men følte, at han snart skulle dø. Og han fik fornemmelsen af, at dødsmessen blev skrevet til ham selv.
Indtil få dage før sin død skrev Mozart på requiet. Men da den stakkels mand måtte give op, var requiet kun halvt færdigt. Hans enke bad nogle af Mozarts venner om at fuldende det i ugerne efter.
Aftenens dirigenten Manfred Honeck er fra Wien, og som wiener har han Mozarts musik i blodet.
Han synes, at man bør opføre Requiet med respekt for de afsnit, Mozart nåede at skrive selv. De satser er nemlig Mozarts måske allerbedste musik. I stedet for at opføre den sædvanlige “uægte” version, spiller Manfred Honeck derfor de ægte Mozart-satser sammen med andre værker af Mozart og katolsk kirkesang og digte.
DR SymfoniOrkestret, DR KoncertKoret og en række solister er på scenen denne aften.


  1. I wonder how many Hail Marys maestro Honeck said at the beginning, since he is known to be a devout Catholic just like his countryman, Anton Bruckner, the latter would kneel down for the Angelicus.. This performance is almost like a service in church. Pity we never got to hear the quartet singing the Benedictus. Why did they omit it and the rest towards the end? Was it because that Sussmayr was thought to have a hand in it. I always felt that the remaining sections not composed by Mozart to be a bit inferior to what he was capable of, his high standards somehow not met. Perhaps, someone could enlighten me here. Danke.

  2. Probably the best program featuring Mozart's Requiem in YoutTube. Thank you for sharing. Amazing conductor and the singing incredible, both soloists and choir. I love to sing this music without trepidation. Thank you for sharing!


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