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Bill begins with the true story of Mozart's requiem mass, made infamous by the Peter Schaffer film Amadeus, as well as excerpts from the piece. We then hear the opening sections of the requiems of Hector Berlioz and Giuseppe Verdi from the following century. We close with Antonin Dvorak's Kyrie, as well as with Mozart's Tuba Mirum movement from his requiem.
Berlioz: Dies Irae fr. Grande Messe des Morts
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Davis
Verdi: Dies Irae & excerpts fr. Requiem Mass
Berlin Phil/Abaddo; Gheorghiu, s.; Barcellona, ms.; Konstantinov, bs.; Alagna, ten.
36:18, 3:15 Purchase
We hear the remainder of the "Sequentia" section of Mozart's requieum, containing the Confutatis and the Lachrymosa, the last music Mozart wrote before his death. Next is Berlioz's massive Sequentia, a stark contrast to Mozart's setting. Bill ends with the more intimate setting by Gabriel Fauré.
Mozart: Rex Trememde, Ricordare, Confutatis & Lachrymosa fr. Requiem, K. 626
Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt
13:54, :50 Purchase
Berlioz: Quid sum miser, Rex tremendae, Quaerens me & Lachrymosa fr. Grande Messe des Morts
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Davis
Fauré: Sanctus, Pie Jesu, & Agnus Dei fr. Requiem, Op. 48
La Chapelle Royale Paris/Herreweghe
7:47, 3:57 Purchase
Bill opens with the remainder of Mozart's setting of the requiem, written by his pupil Franz Xavier Süssmayr. We then return to Berlioz's Sanctus, and finally the thrilling and profound conclusion to Verdi's version of the same text. We end with the setting by French composer Maurice Duruflé.
Mozart: Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei & Lux Aeterna fr. Requiem, K. 626
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Shaw
Berlioz: Sanctus fr. Grande Messe des Morts
BSO/Munch; Simoneau, ten.
Verdi: Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Lux Aeterna & Libera Me fr. Requiem Mass
Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Giulini; Ludwig, ms.; Schwarzkopf, s.; Gedda, ten.; Ghiaurov, bs.
Duruflé: Sanctus fr. Requiem, Op. 9
Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Saint Cecilia/Chung; Terfel, bar.; Bartoli, ms.
Bill tackles the German Requiem of Johannes Brahms, which deviates from the traditional liturgical Latin text. In each movement, Brahms captures a huge emotional span by taking sorrowful, dark music and lifting it up into a bright and hopeful mood.
Brahms: German Requiem, Op. 45: I-IV, VI
Philharmonia Orchestra/Klemperer; Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
9:53, 14:26, 9:48, 17:22 Purchase
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You have opened up the world of Classical Music to me, where previously, it seemed too complicated.
This is simply one of the very best radio programmes in the medium!...The study of the people, the times, and the events that inform the music we otherwise enjoy and even, heaven forbid, take for granted, brings the entire world of the music and the composer to life.
There isn't a program you broadcast on Exploring Music" that isn't of interest. I find them all engaging. It is a combination of variety of subject, intellectual curiosity and your obvious enthusiasm which characterize your satisfying programs.
It’s a great way to re-engage myself with consciousness before heading off to work.
I Love this program! I am in 7th grade and I am the complete opposite of the other kids. I am 4th chair in the orchestra and I love to read. But most of all, I LOVE classical music!
Your show has helped open my mind and heart to this world of music, and every show I hear confirms my place in music and gives me new ideas for where I'd like to go with it in the future….I grew up with classical music as a child and always held it in my heart, but I didn't have the confidence to be a good student (or a good violinist.)
Listening to you is almost interactive.You invite us in with so many well modulated dramatic and informative comments, enticing, enthusiastic interpretations, and coherent, beautiful presentations. It's a privilege to follow you into the musical space you create.
I just love this program. It is soothing and comfortable at the end of the day. I find his comments interesting, but they aren't so dragged out that there is very little music. The balance of both is just right.