John Butt conducts
a new Mozart Requiem
Mozart’s Requiem is an enduring favourite, with moments of almighty terror contrasting with delicate counterpoint and a radiant quartet of soloists. The work exists in several versions, as Mozart died before he could finish the manuscript, and we give it a fresh lease of life in this concert, performing a new completion by Gregory Spears with the combined forces of Glasgow Cathedral Choir and Glasgow University Chapel Choir.
Mozart was influenced by earlier music—the Requiem even begins with a conspicuous borrowing from a Handel funeral anthem. Gregory Spears therefore looks backwards to Mozart’s compositional techniques and instrumentation for guidance, as he melds new material for the missing movements in a style that pays homage to the Requiem’s original mix of new and old.
Before the Mozart, we present Bruckner’s richly symphonic second mass. Although Bruckner broke fresh ground with the musical language he used in this work, he also looked to the past, finding inspiration in the ancient traditions of Gregorian chant. Establishing precedents that persist even into today’s church compositions, the mass is the ideal companion to the new Spears version of Mozart’s abiding classic.
Bruckner Mass No.2 in E Minor
Mozart Requiem in D Minor, completion by Gregory Spears (UK Premiere)