A Community in Harmony
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Requiem in D minor (K. 626) was composed in 1791 but remained unfinished at the time of his death. BCCO will perform the version completed by Franz Xaver Süssmayr in 1792.
The Requiem in C minor was first performed in 1816, at a commemoration service for Louis XVI of France on the twenty-third anniversary of his beheading during the French Revolution. The piece was greatly admired by contemporary and later composers:
- Beethoven revered Cherubini as the greatest composer among his contemporaries.
- Bruckner copied out movements of Cherubini's masses for study.
- Schumann declared that the C-minor Requiem "stands without an equal in the world."
(Bullet points taken from Choral Masterworks by Michael Steinberg.)
Audience impressions from the June 2016 War Requiem concert:
"It has been a while since I was so moved by a performance. It was one of the most satisfying musical events that I have ever attended."
"BCCO was wonderful last night, really thrilling and most impressively performed."