Haydn's“Nelson Mass” & Mozart's Requiem

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
881 Seventh Ave, New York, NY 10019

Haydn's“Nelson Mass” & Mozart's Requiem

Two stirring masterworks of Classical sacred music performed by Orchestra of St. Luke’s will showcase the vocal artistry of many outstanding artists including acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, and the superb La Chapelle de Québec, the choir founded by Bernard Labadie in 1985. Haydn’s Mass in D minor (1798), originally titled by the composer Missa in Angustiis (Mass in Time of Distress)—perhaps reflecting the turbulence of the era marked by the Napoleonic wars—is scored for trumpets and timpani, strings and organ, and sets a martial tone with dark and dramatic fanfares in its opening sections. But composed for the name day of Princess Esterhazy, and embodying the balanced, harmonious classicism that defined Haydn’s oeuvre, the mood turns reflective, and it ends in a joyous D-major finale. It was later given the title of “Nelson Mass,” most likely to commemorate a visit by the British naval hero to Eisenstadt in 1800. More apocryphal lore surround’s Mozart’s Requiem, but the music reigns supreme. It has grand and technically brilliant choral sections and passages for solo voices and ensembles expressive as anything heard in opera. Though written earlier (1791), and in the same decade as Haydn’s mass, Mozart’s orchestral writing anticipates the Romantics with its color and gripping dramatic power. German tenor Lothar Odinius, and French-Canadian bass baritone Philippe Sly, and a soprano to be announced at a later date, complete the roster of vocal soloists.

JOSEPH HAYDN Mass in D Minor, Hob. XXII: 11, "Nelson Mass"
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Requiem, K. 626 (revised and completed by Robert Levin)

Orchestra of St. Luke's
Bernard Labadie, Principal Conductor
Lauren Snouffer, Soprano
Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano
Lothar Odinius, Tenor
Philippe Sly, Bass-Baritone
La Chapelle de Québec
Bernard Labadie, Music Director

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