Mozart Requiem

While we’re on topic of music, let me just say that this Mozart Requiem, performed by Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music with the Winchester Cathedral Boys’ Choir, is the hands-down absolute best recording of the Requiem that I have ever heard. Best. Ever. Pure-voiced Emma Kirkby is now officially my favorite soprano. I am just being carried away on waves of rapture now, listening to the Offertorium movement, Domine Jesu, which was Mozart’s absolute final work: he wrote the bass part from his own deathbed. And it shows.

(Thanks for sending it over, Sara!)

Domine, Jesu Christe, Rex gloriae, Rex gloriae,

libera animas omnium fidelium defunctorum

de poenis inferni

et de profundo lacu.

Libera eas de ore leonis

ne absorbeat eas tartarus,

ne cadant in obscurum;

Sed signifer sanctus Michael

repraesentet eas in lucem sanctam,

Quam olim Abrahae promisisti

et semini eius.