26. March 2021
Music is loveliest when it is live, no question. But since we have to continue being patient until live concert experiences are possible again, we would like to give you a treat for Easter and share two new videos in our “Masterpieces@Home” series. So please enjoy Mozart’s Requiem with Claudio Abbado and Mahler’s monumental Eighth Symphony led by Riccardo Chailly — all from the comfort of your living room. We hope these performances will give you lots of pleasure!
Grief and Consolation: Mozart’s Requiem with Claudio Abbado
Mozart’s setting of the Requiem is surrounded by myth; you might even say it’s overgrown with it. This is due to the mysterious figure who commissioned it as well as the fact that Mozart died while working on the score. Shocking visions of terror and heartfelt grief along with hope and consolation are all encompassed by Mozart’s magnificent music. In the summer of 2012 Claudio Abbado led the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA and an outstanding quartet of soloists to create a deeply moving interpretation of this work.
Symphony of Superlatives: Mahler’s Eighth with Riccardo Chailly
Symphony? Opera? Oratorio? All in one, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, which combines a medieval hymn to the Holy Spirit with the final scene from Goethe’s Faust II, was given the nickname “Symphony of a Thousand” because it demands veritable armies of orchestral musicians, choral singers, and soloists. In his Eighth, Mahler said, “the universe begins to sound and resound” Riccardo Chailly led a gripping performance in the summer of 2016 when he took up his post as Music Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.