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Like his Requiem, Mozart’s glorious ‘Great Mass’ remained unfinished. For this recording the incomplete sections of the Credo and Et incarnatus est have been sympathetically finished by Franz Beyer with his versions of the Sanctus and Benedictus based on the composer’s own sketches. Masaaki Suzuki’s thoughtful reading of the score demands considerable ability of breath control from the singers, and they do not disappoint. His augmented choral forces give an added depth to the interpretation of the music, which comes alive under his masterly baton. The blend of female soloists Carolyn Sampson and Olivia Vermeulen is particularly fine, Sampson also giving a stunning display of vocal gymnastics in Exsultate, Jubilate. Add to this the vibrant playing of the orchestral players and you have a performance worthy of adding to any collection.

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