Mass in C

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

A magnificent demonstration of polyphony and one of the great works of sacred music by Mozart.

Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Jean-Christophe Spinosi © Jean-Baptiste Millot


Nina Maestracci | soprano 
Ana Maria Labin | soprano
Krystian Adam | tenor
Luigi De Donato | bass

Jean-Christophe Spinosi | direction
Ensemble Matheus
Vox 21 | direction Evann Loget-Raymond
Ensemble Vocal Lili Boulanger


First part 
Mozart Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" K. 551


For Mozart, religious repertoire was not just written to order or as a necessary step on the musical ladder, but as a genre in its own right, which he cultivated regularly throughout his career. Even in his earliest and already promising Masses, the musician demonstrated a mastery of instrumental polyphony and vocality. The Mass in C minor is influenced by Bach and Handel, notably in the major choruses. There are also some Italian influences in the solo parts, such as the dazzling Gloria, which are straight out of opera. Although this Mass in C minor is unfinished – Requiem aside – it represents the peak of Mozart’s achievement in the sacred music sphere. Mozart’s last symphony, another great in its own genre, will open this concert.

Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
France Musique broadcasts this concert on 22nd of May 2023


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