Mozart Mass in C Minor
Sat, 25 March 2017
St Albans Choral Society
St Albans Choral Society joins forces with Orchestra Nova and a quartet of outstanding soloists for a performance of Mozart’s sublime Mass in C minor, K427, preceded by Mendelssohn’s Hebrides overture and the Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) by Johannes Brahms.
Also known as Fingal's Cave, The Hebrides is a popular concert overture composed by Mendelssohn in 1830, inspired by a trip to the Hebrides Islands in 1829. Fingal's Cave itself is to be found on the island of Staffa, located off the North-west coast of Scotland.
The Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), is one of Johannes Brahms’ shorter choral masterpieces. A setting of Friedrich Hölderlin’s epic poem, Hyperion’s Schicksalslied, this beautiful work was composed in 1871 and has long remained a favourite with choirs and audiences.
Mozart’s music today is too often abandoned to the commercialism of chocolate boxes and ‘Mozart for Babies’ CD compilations; ignoring the far more complex and dramatic context in which it was written.
While many of his compositions were premiered to the applause of archdukes, kings and emperors, when the aspiring composer came to Vienna he was very much an outsider, often driving himself into crippling debt in order to stay in the Austrian capital.
The Mass in C minor or ‘Great Mass’ was composed in Vienna in 1782 and 1783, when Mozart was no longer an employee of Salzburg Cathedral. A particularly large-scale work, which looks back to the glories of the high Baroque, it utilises a double choir, a pair of virtuoso soprano soloists and a particularly large orchestra for the day.
Like his other choral masterpiece, the Requiem, K626, it remained unfinished at his death, missing large sections of the Credo and the whole of the Agnus Dei but, despite this, the Mass in C minor contains some of Mozart’s most awe-inspiring music.
Classic - £20 - Centre middle with full view (Classic seats in other areas have a slight restricted view)
Standard Plus - £15 - Centre back with full view (Standard Plus seat in other areas have a restricted view)
No View - £10 - mainly located in the aisles or behind pillars (these seats have no view of the stage)
No view seats will only be released when seats with views have sold out.
Wheelchair spaces and carer discounts can only be booked through the Box Office. Please call 01727 890290 or visit the Cathedral.
Entry by the Chapter House (subject to change). Doors open 7.00pm. Performance starts 7.30pm and ends approximately 9.30pm. There will be an interval of 20 minutes during this performance at approximately 8pm .
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