Mozart's Great Mass in C minor
Before his famous Requiem, Mozart wrote the great Mass in C minor. It is a magnificent piece with dramatic choral movements and divinely beautiful solo parts. Daniel Harding, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Swedish Radio Choir offer 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 which would become Mass in C minor. 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 great mass in C minor is now considered to be one of Mozart’s best works.
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!
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra serves as a symphony orchestra for the whole of Sweden. Regardless of where you live you can listen to the orchestra’s concerts through the Swedish Radio’s broadcasts or on their website, and several concerts are also shown on Swedish Television. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the best and most versatile orchestras in Europe – perhaps even in the world. Every year they perform well-loved works from the classical repertoire as well as new music by exciting contemporary composers such as Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Magnus Lindberg and Unsuk Chin. In addition they perform music from popular films and computer and video games and collaborate with leading jazz, pop and rock artists in a constant endeavour to develop and to break new ground.
The Swedish Radio Choir is like a leading mountaineer in the world of music. The choir’s chief conductor Peter Dijkstra has described the ensemble as “the group that leaves base camp first and stakes out the course for others to follow.” Three hundred years of Swedish a cappella tradition, combined with an ambitious and culturally diverse repertoire with some of the world’s finest conductors, has established the Swedish Radio Choir as one of the foremost ensembles of its kind. The 32 professional singers are as equally at home in completely new music by today’s most exciting composers as they are in classic favourites from the rich international treasure trove. Through the Swedish Radio’s broadcasts and website the choir not only reaches concert audiences but also radio listeners everywhere.
Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission
Rosa Feola, soprano has unfortunately cancelled her participation.