The second release from the King’s College is a unique recording of Mozart’s Requiem. This release beautifully showcases the branding we created for the label, and establishes its credentials as a producer of the highest quality recordings.
Disc one includes the full Süssmayr version of the Mozart Requiem along with excerpts of completions by Finnissy, Maunder, Beyer, Druce and Levin.
To compliment this, I produced a second disc, narrated by soprano soloist Elin Manahan Thomas, exploring the origins, composition, completion and mythology of the Requiem through a documentary written by the noted Mozart scholar, Cliff Eisen.
We also created a video about the album, which is included with the iTunes version of the record.
The album was released to coincide with the choir’s US tour and immediately after the BBC 2 broadcast, Easter from King’s.
Supported by a substantial print advertising campaign, the album has been warmly received by retailers and both retail sales and direct sales have been very encouraging.
The critical response has been extremely enthusiastic:
“This is a performance of the highest quality by any standard” – John Warrack, International Record Review
“Eminently recommandable to anyone on board with period instruments and with choirs of men and boys” – James R. Oestreich, New York Times
“I really warmed to the combination of the King’s trebles and the period instruments sounds in the rich acoustic of the Chapel” – Andrew McGregor, CD Review, BBC Radio 3
“A suitably scholarly project from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge” – Richard Morrison, The Times
“incandescant performance” – William Dart William, The New Zealand Herald
“This is one of those solid, balanced recordings that serves as a model of how the conscientious musician consults with the texts, history and performance traditions, crafting something that does justice to all.” – John Terauds, Musical Toronto
“A superb, full Süssmayr completion, along with fascinating, scholarly movements from Richard Maunder, Robert D Levin, Franz Beyer, Duncan Druce and Michael Finnissy” – Stephen Pritchard, The Observer
“Well worth investigating” – Michael Dervan, Irish Times
“a fine rendition” – Stephen Ritter, Audiophile Audition
“a must-have for anyone with more than a passing interest in Mozart’s final work. Its haunting performance will transport you; its attention to critical detail will satisfy and educate you. Do not miss it.” – Grego Edwards, Classical-Modern Music Review
“Highly recommended.” – Jeff Simon, Buffalo News