Thursday 5 October 19:30Gullserien | Sølvserie I | Klassikerne torsdag
Thursday 5 October - Friday 6 October
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18.45: Pre-concert talk by Gunnar Danbolt
Mozart's Requiem, written on his deathbed, is one of the most famous choral works in the classical repertoire. The mournful 'Lacrimosa' is a highlight, but how much of it did Mozart actually write? Don’t miss this opportunity to experience this unparalleled masterpiece.
After the horrors of the Second World War, Arthur Honegger set about capturing ‘the eternal problems of man’ in his Symphony No 3, Liturgique. Honegger retained the energy, rhythmic drive and bold colours of his previous orchestral works. But his new symphonic journey from barbarism to hope contained a new sense of peace, ‘a spirit in search of serenity amid all the unrest of our present state’ in the words of the Belgian art critic Arthur Hoéreé.
Those words might well apply to Mozart’s doomed final masterpiece, too. The composer’s unfinished Requiem turned out to be his own. Like Honegger’s symphony, it moves from the dark clouds of fate to the piercing light of optimism.