NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra / NDR Vokalensemble / Manfred Honeck

Mozart / Haydn

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Manfred Honeck
Manfred Honeck © Felix Broede
Katharina Konradi
Katharina Konradi © Peter Hundert
Tareq Nazmi
Tareq Nazmi © Marco Borggreve

Mozart and death

»I never go to bed without thinking that I may not (however young I may be) rise to see another day«, wrote Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a letter to his mortally ill father. For the composer, the ubiquity of death made life seem all the more fragile and precious. Perhaps it is this insight that shimmers through in Mozart’s Requiem, conjuring that transcendental beauty.

Conductor Manfred Honeck has been fascinated with Mozart’s final work for years. In his project »A Requiem – Mozart and Death in Words and Music«, the multi-award-winner and long-standing friend of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra conducts the unfinished work up to the point at which Mozart left it when he died. Honeck leaves out the completion that is normally performed, and instead supplements the music with text fragments from evocative Biblical passages, letters by the composer and poems – as well as with other musical works.

In Honeck’s home region of Vorarlberg in Austria, the performances on Good Friday have long achieved cult status. In Hamburg, the conductor is joined by a top-class cast of soloists, the Latvian Radio Choir and the NDR Vokalensemble, as well as the well-known actor Matthias Brandt as narrator. The programme for the evening also features two other works composed in 1791, the year of Mozart’s death: the Overture to Mozart’s opera »La clemenza di Tito« and one of Joseph Haydn’s »London Symphonies«, Symphony No. 93 in D Major.

Performers

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

NDR Vokalensemble

Chor des Lettischen Rundfunks

Katharina Konradi soprano

Catriona Morison mezzo-soprano

Martin Mitterrutzner tenor

Tareq Nazmi bass

Matthias Brandt narrator

conductor Manfred Honeck

Programme

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ouvertüre zu »La clemenza di Tito« KV 621

Joseph Haydn
Sinfonie D-Dur Hob. I:93 »Glocken-Sinfonie«

– Interval –

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ein Requiem – Mozart und der Tod in Wort und Musik

Pre-Concert Talk (in German)
19:00 / Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

Estimated end time

22:15

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