– J. S. Bach: Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl, BWV 198 – W. A. Mozart: Requiem d-Moll, KV 626 – W. A. Mozart: Ave verum corpus, KV 618
Hannah Morrison (soprano), Kate Symonds-Joy (alto), Esther Brazil (alto), Andrew Tortise (tenor), David Shipley (bass), Alex Ashworth (bass), Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, direction: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Of all the mysterious works in the history of music, »Requiem« by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has to be one of the most perplexing – a mysterious client, a composer in death’s throes and, struggling with a work that becomes a requiem for himself. And the struggle goes on even after his death – about the completion of the work, which is then rapidly declared to be Mozart’s legacy. Since then, virtually every generation seems to feel obliged to struggle with Mozart’s legacy anew. Despite – or perhaps even because of – its tragic fragmentariness, the tremendous power of this composition has endured down the ages. In contrast, Bach’s »Funeral ode«, written in 1727 on the death of the Electress Christiane Eberhardine of Saxony, is a comparatively businesslike affair. To write it, Bach worked with another famous inhabitant of Leipzig, Johann Christoph Gottsched.