s Grosse Messe – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
PHILIPPE HERREWEGHE

25/11/2021 — 19:30
Festspielhaus | Bregenz | AT
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [1756–1791]

Symphony No.40, K.550
Mass in C-minor K.427 “Grosse Messe”

Regula Mühlemann soprano
Sophie Harmsen
mezzo-soprano
David Fischer
tenor
Krešimir Stražanac
bass

Collegium Vocale Gent choir
Orchestre des Champs Elysées orchestra
Philippe Herreweghe conductor

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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.