M. Haydn & W.A. Mozart


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Requiem Requiem

The background


The friends Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Michael Haydn both wrote a majestic requiem. The two works are almost as closely related as their composers.

An impressive wall of sound.“

The extent to which Mozart’s Requiem is surrounded by myth is paralleled by the obscurity that surrounds the Missa pro defuncto Archiepiscopo Sigismondo by Michael Haydn, younger brother of Joseph. And yet the brilliant Amadeus had picked up so much of the latter work when he attended (maybe even as a member of the orchestra!) the memorial service where the requiem was performed, in 1771. Haydn’s mass makes you tremble with its wonderful use of timbre, like the impressive wall of sound in the sections with four trumpets. Twenty years later, Mozart often made strikingly similar choices to Haydn when composing his own Requiem. Were they two children of their time, or did Mozart have an infallible memory for top-notch drama? Plenty of food for thought for music detectives in this moving programme, conducted by Baroque hero Nicholas McGegan.

The concert

Works and Performance


Requiem ‘Missa pro defuncto Archiepiscopo Sigismondo’

Requiem, KV 626 (Levin-version)


Netherlands Bach Society
conducted by Nicholas McGegan

Hana Blažiková, soprano
Franziska Gottwald, alto
Joshua Ellicott, tenor
Matthew Brook, bass


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  • Maastricht, Theater aan het Vrijthof

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  • Naarden, Grote Kerk

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  • Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg

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  • Alkmaar, Grote Kerk

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  • Tilburg, Theaters Tilburg (Schouwburg)

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  • Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

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  • Antwerpen, De Koningin Elisabethzaal

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