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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Kuijken String Quartet

Requiem KV 626 - Version for string quartet by Peter Lichtenthal (1780-1853)

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917285420
  • Catalog number CC 72854
  • Release date 26 March 2021
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Transcriptions for string quartet by the composer or someone else was common practice in Mozarts time. In that light this string-version of Mozart's Requiem is nothing special. What makes it special, is the circumstance of the original Requiem itself. It is known that Mozart left the majority of the work incompleted, and that on request of Mozart's widow, his pupil Süssmayer did the finishing job. Where one's work ends and the other's starts, no-one knows. This 'skeleton-version' of the Requiem, however, fully preserves the eloquence of Mozart's music and therefore perhaps proves that the Requiem contains more of the masters own composing than we can objectively establish. But incomplete as the Requiem is, Mozart's universal genius radiates through the notes in any version. And if anyone can bring the radiation to the surface in this version, no one better than the Kuijken Kwartet.

Sigiswald Kuijken interviewed in Meesterwerk


image On Saturday, November 14th 2009, Sigiswald Kuijken will be a guest in 'Meesterwerk' on Klara Radio in Vlaanderen, Belgium. Topic of the programme will be Mozart's Requiem. A new Requiem is available now and it is of the well-known writer Jeroen Brouwers together with drawings of Roger Raveel. In this 'new Rquiem' Brouwers formulates a contemporary answer to Mozarts Requiem. A new Requiem is also a production of I Solisti ...

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