Mozart’s Requiem

Friday 16 Apr 7:30pm at Symphony Hall

Academy of Ancient Music
Richard Egarr soloist/director
Katharine Fuge soprano
Barbara Kozelj mezzo soprano
James Gilchrist tenor
Christopher Purves bass

Mozart Overture, Don Giovanni 5’
Piano Concerto No 25 28’
Requiem 50’

The circumstances under which Mozart’s Requiem was composed have all the elements of Gothic fantasy. Commissioned by a mysterious stranger, it was still being written by Mozart on his deathbed and is one of his most iconic works. The Academy of Ancient Music brings a special dark hue to this music, using the original instruments of Mozart’s own time.

Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, says of tonight’s recommended concert: “If you’ve ever thought about introducing a friend or family member to the wonders of classical music, then this could be the concert to take them to. It’s a real taste of the immensely diverse works that Mozart produced.” www.thsh.co.uk    www.aam.co.uk

 Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:-

http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/music-in-birmingham/2010/04/23/review-academy-of-ancient-music-at-symphony-hall-65233-26287994/

(Think we were at different concerts by that review?! Or maybe it depended on where you were sat. Found it beautiful; – the sound of the olde piano lush and warm, the singers powerful, and just twenty-one chorus singers offered every bit as much impact as the two thousand who had attended the Singalong Mozart Requiem with the CBSO last year.)

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