192kHz/24-bit FLAC/ALAC, Linn Records CKD 449 (supplied by www.linnrecords.com)

Linn already has a fine Mozart Requiem under Sir Charles Mackerras [BKD 211]. But that was using a version by Robert Levin, whereas this new production from Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh is a reconstruction of the first performance, based on a new edition of Sussmäyr’s completion of Mozart’s score. In addition, there’s the Misericordias Domini, K222, and two movements from the Requiem thought to have been heard at a Mass held a few days after Mozart’s death in 1791, and given with just a handful of voices. (Repeating Requiem aeternam and Kyrie, this simulation has different musical tensions from the main performance.) The 16-strong chorus shows tireless energy, with four of its members taking the solo parts. Butt’s direction is akin to cleaning an old painting, the colours emerging with a new vividness. An important realisation of a well-loved work. CB

Sound Quality: 95%

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Linn offers this Requiem in a variety of resolutions, with this ‘Studio Master’ file the highest available at 192kHz/24-bit. Presumably the native record rate with ‘information’ out to 80kHz, but peaks >60kHz are likely to be spurious. PM