Sunday, January 16, 2011

Listening to Mozart's Requiem - モツレクを聴く





I went to the chorus training this morning, and was tied up entirely in the afternoon with the joint lesson with the orchestra. We have only 2 more lessons with the orchestra scheduled including the rehearsal, but it looks like we still have few things to be addressed.

Mozart composed only 3 works of church music while he lived in Vienna: C-minor mass K. 427, Ave Verum Corpus K. 618 and Requiem K. 626. Except the small piece of K. 618, the other two were both incomplete but still shine as unsurpassable masterpieces.
Well then, which performance would be suggested for Requiem in records? The options are numerous, and everyone has a different answer. I bought an album by Harnoncourt with Concentus Musicus Wien last year, and one of the reasons was because it was an SACD disc with surround mix. Their performance was dependable, and particularly impressive among solid and brisk music they create throughout was Hostias that flew unexpectedly fast as if it sounded like a waltz that danced so lightly. Our Hostias as we sing in the choir now, Mr. Kimura the conductor pushes us with the tempo as fast as Harnoncourt interestingly.

I was lucky in January 2006 to coincide in San Francisco when Sir Gardiner and Monteverdi Choir made a US tour visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. I definitely went to the concert when they played C-minor mass and Requiem in one night. The music was so moving and it was truly a special moment for me. The picture shown is Davies Hall on the day.
Digressing the subject, Gardiner has a live concert DVD of Requiem at Palau Catalana in Barcelona, an amazingly beautiful hall that took my breath away once. Unfortunately, the DVD’s picture quality does not convey the quality of its beauty even vaguely.

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