Mozart: C Minor Mass

With a specially commissioned work by Peter Child

May 31, 2013, 8:00 pm
Jordan Hall

New England Conservatory
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston MA 02115

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Never finished by Mozart but still a beautiful and fascinating work, Mozart’s great Mass in C minor was performed by Chorus pro Musica with full orchestra and soloists. Also performed was the world premiere of a specially commissioned work by MIT professor Peter Child.

In performance with the New England Philharmonic and Kristen Watson, soprano; Krista River, mezzo-soprano; David Won, tenor; Andrew Garland, baritone.

W.A. Mozart’s Mass in C minor is his only liturgical work written without commission. He began it as a work of thanksgiving for his marriage in 1782 to Constanze Weber—and to help win his father’s approval for her marriage. The Mass was to be premiered in Salzburg upon their first visit to his father, and, though incomplete, it was indeed performed on that occasion, with Constanze as the soprano soloist. It includes some of Mozart’s most distinctive religious music, in which his remarkable creativity sparkles with reflections of Handel and Bach, both of whom Mozart was discovering at the time of composition.

Boston Musical Intelligencer: “Chorus pro Musica and New England Philharmonic brought solid and tight playing to this work from the start. The chorus’s Kyrie had power and force, beginning this piece on a plaintive note . . . Throughout the chorus gave life to the music.”