Music for the Death of Queen Mary – Purcell
1. Man that is born of a woman
2. In the midst of life
3. Thou knowest, Lord
Sonata in F for Piano Four Hands (K497) – Mozart
Emilie Capulet & Julian Gallant (Piano duet)
Requiem – Mozart
Conductor: Thomas Neal
Davidona Pittock (soprano)
Anna Cooper (alto)
Steven Swindells (tenor)
Wesley Biggs (bass)
This concert will mark Remembrance Day on Saturday 11th November with an unusual performance of Mozart’s celebrated Requiem.
Carl Czerny is now perhaps best known for his strenuous piano exercises. In his “Recollections from My Life” (1842), he makes it clear that while he never met Mozart, he became familiar with many of his compositions while a frequent guest at the musicales given by Constanze, Mozart’s widow. Czerny produced a version of the Requiem to be accompanied by two pianists for performance in private venues. This is the version that the Festival Choir will present in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of St George’s Church, St George’s Square, Portsea, just opposite the main entrance to Gunwharf Quays.
At the piano will be Emilie Capulet (https://www.emiliecapulet.com) who has frequently delighted Portsmouth audiences with her sparkling recitals, and Julian Gallant (http://www.corinthianorchestra.org.uk/…/julian-gallant-piano), a highly regarded pianist, presenter and composer. As well as accompanying the choir, they will play the Piano Sonata for Four Hands in F major, K497, also by Mozart.
The four soloists for this concert are all in their final year of post-graduate study at the Royal College of Music and starting to make their way in concert halls and theatres all over Europe. It will be a welcome return for Davidona Pittock and Anna Cooper who delighted the audience in Dvorak’s Mass in D last April, but a new event for tenor Steven Swindells and baritone Wesley Biggs.
The choir will begin the evening with Purcell’s beautiful and moving choral music written for the funeral of Queen Mary.