Mozart's Requiem and Zelenka’s Miserere
The Lutherse Bach Academie will perform in concert at the Aa Church on Saturday 6 May. On the programme are Mozart’s Requiem and Zelenka’s Miserere.
Mozart’s Requiem and Zelenka’s Miserere
This evening the Luthers Bach Academie (project choir, soloists and baroque orchestra) will perform two works that were both composed in a minor key but that differ in their perspective. The Miserere asks for forgiveness of our sins, while the Requiem prays that the deceased be granted rest and eternal life. Both compositions have a shadow side, but besides contrition and damnation they also express the hope of forgiveness and eternal light.
Mozart died on 6 December 1791 but his Requiem was not completed until March 1792. The work was commissioned in the summer of 1791 by count Franz von Walsegg, but when Mozart died his wife Constanze failed to tell the count that it had not been completed. It was finished in the spring of 1792 thanks to the help of Mozart’s friends. The last four parts were in all likelihood composed by Franz Xaver Sϋssmeijer.
We know very little about the life of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745), although he was much admired during his lifetime and held a position in Dresden’s royal orchestra. After he died his reputation soon sank into oblivion but in recent years Zelenka’s excellent compositions have been rediscovered.
The concert this evening will be performed on authentic musical instruments tuned to the original classical pitch (430 hz). By way of experiment the Aa Church’s famous Schnitger organ will be used, which will undoubtedly add to the grandeur of this monumental work. The organ is tuned to a higher pitch but the organist will transpose the music to the lower pitch of the orchestra.
Lutherse Bach Academie (project choir, soloists & baroque orchestra) conducted by Tymen Jan Bronda
Else Linde Buitenhuis (soprano)
Hanneke Tichelaar (alto)
William Knight (tenor)
Jonathon Adams (bass)
€ 25 | students € 15 | friends LBE € 20 | front rows € 30
Pre-sales: Boekhandel Godert Walter Groningen, Oude Ebbingestraat 53 | Boekhandel Daan Nijman Roden, Heerestraat 87 | CIGO Overdiep, Overdiep 4 Appingedam
Tickets also available via the Luthers Bach Ensemble website or by phone: 06 149 22 638 (Wednesday and Thursday between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.)
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