Sat 31 Oct 2020
8:30pm | St. Stephen's Cathedral
Sing Along! Festival Choir
Vienna Cathedral Orchestra
Cornelia Horak, soprano
Christa Ratzenböck, alto
Wolfgang Bankl, bass
Prof. Gerald Wirth, conductor
W. A. Mozart, Requiem (KV 626)
W. A. Mozart's Requiem will be performed traditionally and appropriately around All Saints' Day in Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral. Mozart’s Requiem is one of the best and most moving pieces classical music has to offer. The myths surrounding Mozart's last composition contribute to the incredible appeal of this masterpiece. The Requiem is filled with the strong emotions that come to man in the face of death: Fear, anger, despair, sadness, hope, consolation.
During his lifetime and after his death, Mozart was associated with St. Stephen's Cathedral in several ways: He married Constanze Weber here, had two of his children baptized and a few months before his death, Mozart applied for the position of music director adjunct at St. Stephen's. Mozart's name can be found both in the record of his death and in the cathedral's Book of Death Fees.
Under the direction of Gerald Wirth, President and Artistic Diector of the Vienna Boys' Choir, this masterpiece was intensively studied on by choir singers from all over the world in several workshops during the Sing Along! Choir Festival. The crowning finale is the performance with renowned soloists and the Vienna Cathedral Orchestra in St. Stephen's Cathedral.