l’arte del mondo | RIAS Kammerchor

Funeral music is an inner-world response to an event in the outer world and, in contrast to music written to celebrate a birthday or coronation, has to express the solemnity of the occasion. Joseph Martin Kraus, who is sometimes referred to as the “Swedish Mozart”, wrote his seldom-performed funeral music following the death of Gustav III of Sweden, who had been a more enthusiastic patron of the arts than any Swedish king before him. Gustav’s assassination during a masked ball in 1792 was also the subject of Verdi’s opera of the same name. Franz Schubert’s fifth mass was not commissioned or written for any special occasion; he simply wanted to emphasise that church music deserves to be appreciated on its own merits and not just for its liturgical function. As part of our Leverkusen/Berlin cultural axis, l’arte del mondo will be partnered in this concert by the RIAS Kammerchor. This ensemble, founded in 1948, has developed into one of the best chamber choirs worldwide.

Loriana Castellano, Hanna Husáhr; Krystian Adam, David Menéndez
Werner Ehrhardt, conductor
Joseph Martin Kraus: Funeral Symphony and Funeral Cantata for Gustav III
Franz Schubert: Mass No. 5 in A flat major, D 678

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