CBS Choir and Orchestra highlight two beautiful Mozart works to mark Trinity Sunday in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.
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The lovely tune in the slow movement of Piano Concerto no. 20 in D Minor became familiar to many modern audiences through its use in the movie Amadeus, but it remained popular in the nineteenth century because of its romantic and expressive qualities.
As a young pianist, Beethoven often played it, and wrote out his own cadenzas. Some drama surrounded its first performance, as it was finished only the day before, so the original orchestra had to sight-read the parts.
Nevertheless, it was greatly acclaimed by Haydn, who told Mozart’s father “your son is the greatest composer I know”. For this performance, the Pro-Cathedral Steinway will be played by Veronica van der Knaap, and the orchestra will be led by Natalia M. Lomeiko.
The cathedral choir will mark the special day with a Sanctus from Palestrina’s famous Missa Papae Marcelli, Russian imperial Kapellmeister Glinka’s Cherubic Hymn, and Ascendit Deus, by Peter Philips. Organist Nicholas Sutcliffe will perform Bach’s “Trinity” Fugue in Eb, which echoes the hymn tune of “O God, Our Help”. Many different orchestral colours will be heard in Mendelssohn’s dreamy Verleih Uns Frieden, and the spectacular O Clap Your Hands, by John Rutter.
Mozart’s great Trinitatus Mass K 167 will conclude the programme. Written for Trinity Sunday in June 1773, he complied with his new archbishop’s requirements for simplicity and brevity, but achieved festive grandeur through a bright C major tonality and by adding oboes and four trumpets to the orchestra. It is his only Mass without soloists. Instead, musical interests shifts to the lively and colourful orchestra part, with extensive preludes and interludes.
The concert will be conducted by Don Whelan, who recently completed fifty years service as CBS Musical Director.