Franz Xaver Süssmayr News
Austrian composer and conductor
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The Requiem in D Minor, K 626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was left incomplete at his death on December 5, 1791. Until the late 20th century the work was most often heard as it had been completed by Mozart’s student Franz Xaver Süssmayr. Later completions have since been offered, and the most favorably received among these is one by American musicologist Robert D. Levin. According to a contract that Mozart signed and, the requiem was commissioned by Franz, Graf (count) von Walsegg-Stuppach. The count, it seems, pretended to some compositional ability and liked to pass off the work of others
[…] its chance to shine too. The rest, alas, was more of the same: a ‘Domine Jesu’ live from the Tokyo Olympics, a ‘Hostias’ whose inconsequentiality ought truly to have shocked anyone attentive either to words or music, and so on. There was fine conversation between the soloists in the ‘Benedictus’, though ornamentation might again usefully have been eschewed. As for the bald, unqualified assertion in the programme that the movement was written by Franz Xaver Süssmayr, I can only suggest that the person concerned actually listen to its material—and then some of Süssmayr’s own church music. After a double-speed—well, almost—‘Agnus Dei’, nothing could have saved either this disposable Requiem, or the poor souls on whose behalf it was supposedly sung. Requiem for a fashion victim, as someone once said in a different context.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)Basset Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622Basset Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581Franz Xavier Süssmayr (1805)Basset Clarinet Concerto in A major (Fragment)Luigi Magistelli, The Italian Classical Consort(Modern Instruments, Ugh!)Gallo (2007)They got me again!!! I bought this thinking it wasa period instrument recording....It is not! [Flac & Scans]
Stephan Storace (1762-1896)Sextet in G majorThomas Attwood (1765-1835)Piano Trio in C major, Op. 1 No. 2Franz Xavier Süssmayr (1766-1803)Divertimento No. 1 in C majorFranz Jakob Freystädtler (1761-1841)Concerto facile in D majorPaul Angerer, Concilium Musicum Wien(Period Instruments)Christophorus CD 77136 (1994)[Flac & Scans]