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Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 - 1791)
Sacred Works
Mozart Edition vol. 8

REQUIEM in D minor KV 626
Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento in E flat major, KV 243
Litaniae Lauretanae in B flat major KV 109
Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento in B flat major KV 125 
Litaniae Lauretanae in D major KV 195 
Vesperae solennes de Dominica in C major KV 321
Vesperae solennes de Confessore in C major KV 339
1. Regina Coeli in C major KV 108
2. Regina Coeli in B flat major KV 127  
3. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei in F major KV 273  
4. Regina Coeli in C major KV 276  
1. Scande coeli limina in C major KV 34
2. Inter natos mulierium in G major KV 72  
3. Benedictus sit Deus in C major KV 117  
4. Sub tuum praesidium in F major KV 198  
5. Misericordias Domini in D minor KV 222  
6. Venite populi in D major KV 260  
7. Alma Dei Creatoris in F major KV 277  
8. God is our refuge KV 20  
9. Miserere, in A minor KV 85  
10. Quaerite primum regnum Dei in D minor KV 86  
11. Zwei deutsche Kirchenlieder KV 343  
12. O Gottes Lamm in F major KV 343a  
13. Als aus Aegypten in C major KV 343b
1.Veni sancte Spiritus in C major KV 47
2. Te Deum Laudamus in C major KV 141  
3. Ergo interest in G major KV 143  
4. Kommet her, ihr frechen Sünder in B flat major KV 146  
5. Exsultate, jubilate in F major KV 165  
6. Dixit Dominus-Magnificat in C major KV 193  
7. Tantum ergo in D major KV 197  
8. Ave verum corpus in D major KV 618

Nordic Chamber Choir
Süddeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim/Kammerorchester Mannheim
Nicol Matt, conductor 
Rec: July 2001, Alte Kirche, Fautenbach, Germany.
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99737 [approx. 6 hours] 10CDs


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This eight volume in the Brilliant Classics complete Mozart edition includes all the sacred works that Mozart composed, from the well-known Requiem to lesser works, such as the many short liturgical songs he wrote. This set is graced by the excellent Nordic Chamber Choir, who previously recorded an excellent set of Bachís sacred songs for Brilliant Classics.

While this part of Mozartís output was certainly not his most impressive, not his most distinctive, his sound gives interesting results with sacred music. He explored a wide range of works, from the Requiem, to masses, to vespers and sacred songs.

While the Requiem in this set is good, it has little to put it among the best recordings of this work. The soloists are good, but not excellent, though the choir shines in this recording. But, apart from the Requiem, this is one of the most satisfying sets that Brilliant Classics has released so far in their complete Mozart series. The tenor of the various works ranges from energetic to sedate, and the Nordic Chamber Choir gives excellent performances in all of them. The overall tone of this set is very homogeneous, and listeners can discover some fine minor works, such as the Regina Coelis, the Litanies and the Liturgical Songs.

This set is a very good collection of Mozartís sacred music. While some of the works deserve better, such as the Requiem, for which there is no want of choices available, others shine, and the Nordic Chamber Choir is excellent throughout. At the bargain price of this set, a wealth of discoveries await you.

Kirk McElhearn


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