Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
One of the most poignant works from the sacred repertoire, fuelled by three centuries of legend.
Quentin Hindley © Niko Rodamel
Sylvia Schwartz soprano
Elodie Méchain alto
Zoltán Megyesi tenor
Marcell Bakonyi bass-baritone
Quentin Hindley direction
Orchestre Symphonique de Hongrie-Miskolc
Cantemus Choir direction Soma Szabo
Opening the concert
Mozart Symphony No.41 « Jupiter »
Probably no work has ever left such a profoundly disturbing legacy, fuelled by nearly three centuries of legend. The circumstances of the composition of the Requiem are shrouded in romantic mystery. In July 1791, exhausted by work and emotional and financial woes, Mozart was adding the finishing touches to The Magic Flute when he was visited by a secret messenger. We now know that he was Count Walsegg, a widower and music lover who wanted him to write a funeral mass in memory of his wife. We also know that the work, begun in autumn 1791, was interrupted by the death of the musician. His wife Constance initially entrusted the manuscript to Eybler, who was also unable to finish it, and then to Süssmayer, a pupil to whom Mozart had given a number of instructions concerning the Requiem. Recent scholarship has tried to untangle Mozart’s contributions from those of his pupil in order to produce an edition which is as close as possible to the musician’s intentions.
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Sung in latin