s Grosse Messe – Collegium Vocale Gent


31/01/2019 — 20:00
Haus für Musik | Salzburg | AT
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [1756–1791]

Mass in C-minor K.427 “Grosse Messe”

Siobhan Stagg soprano
Sophie Harmsen mezzo soprano
Sebastian Kohlhepp tenor
Kresimir Strazanac bass

Collegium Vocale Gent
Orchestre des Champs Elysées
Philippe Herreweghe conductor


Grosse Messe

In 1782 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart married Constanze Weber without first obtaining the approval of his father Leopold. At that time he had been living in Vienna for some time as a composer and keyboard virtuoso. Wolfgang hoped to regain his father’s favour by promising to write a Mass for the archbishop of Salzburg. The orchestral and vocal forces and the proportions of this Grosse Messe in C minor K.427 would have undoubtedly resulted in a monumental missa solemnis, but sadly it remained unfinished. Still, this is Mozart at his best: full of masterly bravura, carefree elegance and emotional depth.