Mozart: Requiem & masonic works / Allegri : Miserere
While Mozart's Requiem is acknowledged today as an absolute masterpiece, it was never performed during his lifetime. During the commemorative service organised by Schikaneder the week after his death the Introitus and the Kyrie were probably performed as Mozart's only funeral music...
The last part of his life was strongly marked by his engagement in the Vienna Beneficence Masonic lodge in 1784. Aged 28 at the time, he managed to convince his father Leopold and his friend Haydn to be initiated in the same lodge in 1785. The Viennese masonic mysteries were at the time mostly concerned with society life and Mozart didn't renounce his catholic faith. However these mysteries gave him the opportunity to explore a deep and humanistic dimension in his work, both in the Masonic music and cantatas which he wrote specially, and in the famous Magic Flute (a rite of initiation written by another companion, Schikaneder) and his final masterpiece the Requiem.
Raphael Pichon has immersed himself in these compositions and their impressively solemn and funereal nature to build an interpretation of Mozart's Requiem interspersed and completed by these magnificent pages composed at the same time. The musical approach of Companion Mozart’s last voyage truly encompasses the end of Mozart's life, who could have been taken to his final resting place in Vienna, an icy cemetery in the night of 5 December 1791 to the sound of the Masonic Funeral Ode for a male choir.
With his preferred soloists, including the wonderful Sabine Devieilhe and the Pygmalion choir that he has brought to international heights, Raphael Pichon brings his vision of baroque perfection and lyricism to Mozart's most profound works.
Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Maurerische Trauermarsch K477 (479a)
Ne pulvis et cinis K.Ahn 122, for solo bass and choir
Requiem in D minor KV626
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Insanae et vanae curae