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On November 27, one of the most famous and at the same time mysterious works of world classics, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem, will be heard in the Church of Saints Peter and Paul (Petrikirche, Nevsky Prospect, 22-24). This funeral mass was the last work of the composer. According to some accounts, Mozart felt that he was writing Requiem "on his own." With this work, he completed his career.
The history of the creation of the Great Work is associated with many mysterious circumstances. In July 1791, an unknown messenger in black came to Mozart's house and, on condition of secrecy, made an order for the requiem mass - “Requiem”. As it turned out later, the order came from Count Franz von Walzegg for execution in memory of his deceased wife. The count was a lover of music, and, wishing to acquire the fame of a composer, he wanted to pass off this composition as his own. However, the style of Mozart’s music, his artistry was impossible to conceal, and this deception was soon revealed.
Still, a lot seems unusual in Requiem. This is the complete absence of virtuoso arias and duets characteristic of Mozart's youth masses. There are no flutes and oboes in the orchestra, the sound of the orchestra has a special mystical flavor.
Written on the canonical text of the funeral mass, Mozart’s Requiem took many of the greats of the time to the last journey, but his musical significance turned out to be so great that he has been performed all over the world for a long time, as an independent concert piece.
Performers: St. Petersburg State Classical Symphony Orchestra, Concert Chamber Choir (Artistic Director - Sergey Ekimov)
Ekaterina Fenina (soprano)
Galina Sidorenko (mezzo-soprano)
Boris Stepanov (tenor)
Alexander Bezrukov (bass)
Conductor - Alexander Kantorov, Honored Artist of Russia, Artistic Director of the Classics Orchestra.