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Here is a reissue of the 1996 recording of the Requiem from Collegium Vocale Gent with great clarity and transparency of texture. Philippe Herreweghe’s well-paced tempi and shaping convey a real sense of drama without obscuring any of the music. Succinct sleeve notes clarify the facts behind the commission of the Requiem, and speculate on the likely limited extent of Süssmayr’s shaping of the thematic content. A softness to the period instruments’ timbre and clear diction from the choir are balanced with characterful vocal solos. If more reason were needed to order this disc, then the included Kyrie K341 is very fine indeed.

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