Dunedin Consort - Mozart: Requiem - Big Issue

And there's been another superb release from the Edinburgh-based Dunedin Consort, whose new recording of Mozart's Requiem (in the standard Süssmayr completion; Dunedin's director John Butt is straightforwardly pragmatic about picking the best of an imperfect bunch) is classy and exciting. The singing is light and agile but still has real colour and character, and the instrumental playing is brilliantly vivid - it's worth hearing for the opening 30 seconds alone, which contain some of the most juiciest period wind playing I've come across. John Butt conducts with his usual flair for fine phrasing and dramatic pacing: it's a performance that reels you in and never lets you go. 

Big Issue
20 April 2014