Stabat Mater (G.B.Pergolesi)/Requiem (Mozart)

The Stabat Mater is a Catholic hymn, attributed to Jacopone da Todi, which speaks of the suffering of Mary, mother of Jesus, during the crucifixion of Christ. In the first part the narrator tells of the final moments of the Passion of Christ, in the second, he wishes to participate in the pain as a way of approaching Christ and to suffer martyrdom with him, declaring unconditional fidelity.

In the duet of the eighth excerpt there is an explosion of extreme pain, demonstrating the insufficiency of the human force in restraining it. In short, the believer's desire is to share the suffering of Jesus in order to enjoy Paradise by his side.

The Requiem K.626 was the last composition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and probably one of his best and most famous works. Unfinished until his premature death, it was completed by his friend and disciple, Franz Xaver Süßmayr. The Requiem was premiered in Vienna on the 2nd of January 1793 in a benefit concert for Mozart's widow, Konstanze Weber. A completed version dated 1792  was delivered to Count Franz von Walsseg who requested the piece for a Requiem service to commemorate the anniversary of his wife's death on February 14th and allegedly commissioned Mozart in early 1971 in anonymity in order to make everyone believe that he composed the work himself.

21st April 2012
Producer/Promoter: Casa de Graal
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