Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Mozart’s Requiem – Budapest Festival Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Carol Main.
Although Iván Fischer scored a hit in innovatively putting his orchestra on the stage alongside the singers in last week’s Marriage of Figaro, it was hard to fathom what was gained on Tuesday evening by placing the four solo voices for the same composer’s Requiem in amongst the orchestral players on the Usher Hall platform.
Sounding – and looking – curiously dislocated, it didn’t succeed as a method of integrating the soloists with Mozart’s orchestral texture. Not so with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, who worked as one under Fischer’s animated baton to bring a palpable edge of excitement to the exacting diction, intonation and blend for which they are noted.
Et lux perpetua was shot through with infinite light. Whether in the confident proclamation of Rex tremendae, the racy Dies Irae or the poignant beauty of the Lacrimosa, dynamic control was all, resulting in, not for the first time in their 50th anniversary festival, this being the Chorus’s night.
Out front, basset horns gave mellow depth to the flowing instrumentation, with an arc of three trombones spread behind the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s silken strings supporting the overall sound.
Published in The Scotsman on 20 August 2015
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