LUIGI CHERUBINI • Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn for Soprano, two Tenors and Orchestra
LUIGI CHERUBINI • Requiem c-Moll for Choir and Orchestra
End of concert approx. 12:20.
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Claudia Boyle, Soprano
Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, Tenor
Gustavo De Gennaro, Tenor
La Stagione Armonica
Sergio Balestracci, Chorus master Philharmonia Chor WienWalter Zeh
, Chorus master
Orchestra Giovanile Luigi CherubiniRiccardo Muti
The Requiem in C minor, composed by Luigi Cherubini in 1816 for a church service in remembrance of the execution of Louis XVI, is a highlight in the history of church music. Far from pure formality, in the work Cherubini combines his masterful command of polyphonic compositional technique with a sensitive interpretation of the text and great intensity of expression. Yet Cherubini does not include any solo voices. Beethoven was among the composers who greatly admired the Requiem in C minor and it was also played at his funeral service.