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David J. Baker
Opera News, February 2014

MOZART, W.A.: Requiem (Abbado) (NTSC) ACC-20258
MOZART, W.A.: Requiem (Abbado) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10258

The undisputed focal point here is the conductor himself, whose soulful intensity, both heard and seen, makes this video an important complement to any of the fine recordings in the catalogue. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, October 2013

At any rate, the performance here is excellent. The vocal soloists are standouts: Anna Prohaska sings with such commitment and angelic beauty, while Rene Pape is commanding in the richness and power of voice and his sense for drama…Sara Mingardo is also splendid and young Maximilian Schmitt turns in a convincing performance as well and would seem to have the vocal resources for a major international career. Claudio Abbado leads the proceedings with his usual insight, favoring lively but never hasty tempos and drawing accurate, committed playing from the always excellent Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Abbado knows how to shape the score and always seems attuned to its many facets.

The camera work, picture clarity and sound reproduction are first rate. While there are many excellent competing versions of the Requiem on CD and video…this new one, especially in the video realm, will be hard to surpass. © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, September 2013

Without fail, maestro Abbado manages to deliver new insights into familiar works at every turn and this performance proves to be no exception. Abbado’s tightly controlled dynamics allow small details of this score to be clearly heard. The sense of drama, inherent in a composition about death and resurrection, is done full justice. The two choruses from different countries are seamlessly coordinated. Soprano Anna Prohaska has a pleasant…voice, alto Sara Mingardo turns in an authoritative performance, and young Maximilian Schmitt has the nearly perfect spinto tenor appropriate for the Mozartean vocal line.

Video director Michael Beyer has a true gift for bringing the live experience into our homes with camera work that captures the ebb and flow of performance. Detail and color are superb.

Voices are clearly captured and balances on stage are quite natural.

From the standpoint of musical leadership, this new Abbado/Lucerne Festival disc is hard to beat and has the added advantage of superior sights and sounds. © 2013 Read complete review, August 2013

One of the great settings of the traditional Catholic Requiem is Mozart’s, and it does get a highly effective reading in a live recording from the Lucerne Festival in August 2012. Mozart’s incomplete Requiem is a surprisingly hopeful work, and it is its essence of forgiveness and consolation on which Claudio Abbado focuses to fine effect in this…performance. Much of the credit for the quality here goes to the quartet of soloists: Anna Prohaska, Sara Mingardo, Maximilian Schmitt and René Pape are all first-class singers, and Abbado melds them skillfully in sections whose tonal beauty is matched by the expressiveness of the music throughout. What is most impressive here is that Abbado clearly shapes the work as a totality, despite its incompleteness, and by focusing on consoling rather than mourning, he produces a reading that makes the promise of redemption the central element of the music, while not ignoring the sadness that lies at the heart of every Requiem, by Mozart or anyone else. Listeners who want to see as well as hear this specific performance and who strongly favor the Blu-ray format will…find Abbado’s reading a top-notch one visually and sonically as well as musically. © 2013 Read complete review

Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, August 2013

…it is remarkable, but for all the Mozart we have covered over the years, we have never covered Mozart: Requiem until now, but now in an hour with no less than Conductor Claudio Abbado waving the wand, we get an instantly definitive version including the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Anna Prohaska, Sara Mingardo, Maximilian Schmitt and René Pape delivering the entire piece.

Fans of the written work itself will be most impressed. © 2013 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review

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