Mozart's Great Mass in C minor
Before his Requiem, Mozart wrote Great Mass in C minor, equally grandiose and magnificent, with dramatic movements and divinely beautiful solo parts. Daniel Harding, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Swedish Radio Choir perform music by Mozart at his best.
Ahead of Mozart’s visit back home to Salzburg with fiancé Constanze in 1783, he’d promised to write a new mass. The mass wasn’t finished on time, so at the premiere, it was completed with a section from his previous masses. Constanze herself was the soprano soloist at the premiere. The mass was never completed, but is still considered one of Mozart’s best pieces. Benjamin Britten wrote song cycle Serenade for a tenor soloist, French horn and string orchestra in the 1940s, while the war raged. The songs depict the different sides of night: dark and frightening, but also calm and safe. The concert begins with a brief symphony; Mozart’s Symphony No. 32 in G major, vivacious and full of life, like all good concert openers should be!
Inför Mozarts besök hemma i Salzburg tillsammans med fästmön Constanze 1783 hade han lovat att skriva en ny mässa. Mässan blev inte färdig i tid, så vid premiären kompletterades den med avsnitt ur hans tidigare mässor. Constanze själv var sopransolist vid uruppförandet. Mässan färdigställdes aldrig men räknas ändå bland Mozarts främsta verk. Benjamin Britten skrev sångcykeln Serenade för tenorsolist, valthorn och stråkorkester på 1940-talet, mitt under brinnande krig. Sångerna skildrar nattens olika sidor: mörk och skrämmande, men också lugn och trygg. Konserten inleds med en kort symfoni, Mozarts Symfoni nr 32 G-dur, sprallig och levnadsglad som en bra konsertöppnare skall vara.
The Swedish Radio Choir is one of the best choirs in the world. Since 1925, it has performed new music and become an important instrument for contemporary composers, but it also has a strong voice when it comes to the classical choral repertoire. The choir received its international breakthrough under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson.
The Swedish Radio Choir is a mountaineer of the music world – it goes on ahead and decides the direction for others to follow. Several hundred years of Swedish a cappella tradition in combination with forward-looking and a culturally diverse repertoire, and collaborations with some of the best conductors in the world, have established the Swedish Radio Choir as one of the best ensembles of its kind. Through Swedish Radio P2, the choir reaches vast numbers of listeners on-air and online, as well as the concert audience.