Revised and completed by Robert D. Levin
Winner of 2002 Juno Award for Best Classical Album: Vocal or Choral Performance.
Mozart's unfinished Requiem presents a breathtaking tableau of Baroque and Classical style. The present completion seeks a stylistically idiomatic restoration that fully respects its 200-year history. All of its changes seek to emphasize the spiritual and dramatic power of Mozart's fragment by placing it in a more focused light. As inadequate as such attempts must be, it is hoped that it will serve Mozart's spirit while honoring his craftsmanship.
Recorded live at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY
Program Note by Robert D. Levin
Reviews"Labadie has a consummate understanding of the internal components of the larger structure--tempo, harmonic progressions, phrases, and climaxes--and a feel for the work's inherently dramatic character that confirms a natural flow and coherence to the whole piece ... Labadie's choir is second to none--clear-voiced, uniform in tone, exceptionally well-balanced, articulate, technically sound, expressively versatile--and likewise his orchestra, which has distinguished itself on many previous recordings for the Dorian label. "