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 Wien
Walter Zeh, Chorus master
Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Riccardo Muti, Conductor
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.