"Another Mozart Requiem? Surely not!" A somewhat negative view, and not one anybody interested in New College Choir would have, I'm sure. If we followed its implication ("we have enough versions already"), then there would be no further recordings of any Beethoven symphonies, or piano sonatas, or Wagner operas, or Rachmaninov piano concertos, etc, etc. The rising generation of musicians would be told: "Thank you very much, but we are not really interested in what you have to say about these works: we prefer to live with the performances we know – we like living in the past." That's not what New College intends to do! All the same, there has to be something new and distinctive about a recording of a warhorse. And there certainly is with the New College version of the Mozart Requiem. Let's start with the fact that it is sung by a choir of boys and men; let's go on to say that the solos are sung by voices from this choir, and that the ages of these singers range from 12 to 22. Not possible you say. Buy it and see whether it's possible! You will be impressed by a level of accomplishment wholly matching a team of seasoned professionals. But what you also get is a coherence of sound and approach between choir and soloists rarely heard in such performances. And this would have been a circumstance well-known to Mozart, who only months before his death had been offered the post of Kappellmeister at St Stephen's Cathedral Vienna. When you add to the above the contribution of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, there is a very special conjunction of talent and style. So, that's why it's been worth recording Mozart's Requiem another time. And this version is worth catching up with.
Available here: http://www.newcollegechoir.com/mozart-requiem-recordings.html