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    A Darker, Authentic Reinterpretation of Mozart’s “Requiem”

    Howard Arman’s darker reinterpretation of Mozart’s “Requiem” highlights the 33rd Mozart Festival in Warsaw.

    One of the highlights of the 33rd Mozart Festival in Warsaw was the new rendition of Mozart’s “Requiem” KV 626 by Howard Arman. This concert, held on June 21, was the second presentation of this masterpiece at the festival, following the canonical version by Franz Xaver Süssmayr. Both performances were conducted by Adam Banaszak, with the Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense (MACV) and the Warsaw Chamber Opera Choir.

    Arman’s Unique Approach

    Arman’s reinterpretation, published by Carus Verlag, introduces innovative harmonic solutions and a newly composed polyphonic “Amen.” Arman emphasizes a critical approach to Mozart’s original sketches, avoiding mixing with Süssmayr’s completion. He aims to maintain the integrity of Mozart’s vision, filling in the gaps with his compositions.

    Critical Reception and Future Plans

    Adam Banaszak praises Arman’s version for its fascinating and darker tones, noting the immense respect for both Mozart and Süssmayr’s contributions. The festival’s director, Alicja Węgorzewska-Whiskerd, expresses hopes to repeat and record Arman’s rendition next year, with Arman himself conducting.

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