“Requiem” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to commemorate the Tuscan victims affected by the pandemic

On the podium of the Orchestra and Choir of the Maggio the maestro Daniel Harding.
Soloists Christiane Karg, Sara Mingardo, Matthew Swensen and Gianluca Buratto.
The Requiem is dedicated to the memory of Stefano Merlini.

Florence April 28, 2021 – After the two highly anticipated inaugurations, with the choral symphonic concert on April 26 and the first of the opera Adriana Lecouvreur on April 27, which coincided with the opening of the theaters to the public, the 83rd edition of the Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino continues, on 29 April 2021 at 8 pm, with a solemn concert to commemorate the Tuscan victims affected by the pandemic: the Requiem in D minor K. 626 for choir and orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart alone with maestro Daniel Harding on the podium to direct the Choir and the Orchestra del Maggio. Soloists will be soprano Christiane Karg, mezzo-soprano Sara Mingardo, tenor Matthew Swensen and bass Gianluca Buratto. Choir Master: Lorenzo Fratini. The Maggio Fiorentino also wanted to dedicate the concert to the fond memory of Professor Stefano Merlini: superintendent of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino from 2000 to 2002, an illustrious scholar and professor of Constitutional Law, a passionate lover of music.

It is indisputable that Mozart’s Requiem has always presented, since its mysterious commission, a very peculiar charm linked not only to the fact that this score is the last in the catalog of the Salzburg composer, but also that it is a funeral work intertwined with events of the author’s death: in fact we do not know if it is true that, as various testimonies attributable to the widow Mozart affirmed years later, the musician had composed this Requiem for himself. It is known for sure, however, that Constanze decided to have the composition completed by those linked to her husband’s entourage: it was mainly Franz Xaver Süßmayr, a pupil of Mozart, who took care of filling the gaps, but before him two others had been involved pupils, Franz Jakob Freystädtler and Joseph Eybler, with the probable coordination of another musician close to the family of the composer from Salzburg, Abbot Maximilian Stadler. However, it is indisputable that, even in this compromised capacity, the Requiem always appears as a masterpiece, to which incompleteness and hypotheses attribute a further charm and where, on the part of the author, there is a search for a new way for the church style.

Maestro Daniel Harding recently made his debut on the podium of the Maggio on the occasion of the concert on 12 April 2021, with a program dedicated to Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler, and of the Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea, the inaugural work of the May Festival with the directed by Frederic Wake-Walker (27 April, the premiere; reruns: 30 April; 3, 6 May 2021).

As soloists of the Requiem: soprano Christiane Karg, making her debut on the Florentine stage and who will also sing on the occasion of Gustav Mahler’s second symphony conducted by maestro Myung-Whun Chung (5 May 2021 at 8 pm), mezzo-soprano Sara Mingardo, guest artist del Maggio on several occasions including recently the concerts of the review ‘Il Maggio riapre! ” held between June and July 2020, the tenor Matthew Swensen, who made his debut on the stage of the Maggio last March interpreting Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte conducted by maestro Zubin Mehta and directed by Sven-Erich Bechtolf, and the bass Gianluca Buratto, guest artist of the theater on several occasions including the concert at the Duomo of Florence, directed by maestro Zubin Mehta on the occasion of the celebrations of San Giovanni (June 2020).

The Requiem will be recorded and, subsequently, streamed on the ItsArt platform.
Thanks to the Kielholz Foundation and the Kohler Foundation for their support.