Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Chorus “Alzai le flebili voci al Signor”: No. 1 from the cantata “Davide penitente”, K. 469 (1785)
Symphony No. 40, K. 550 (1788),
Maurerische Trauermusik (“Masonic Funeral Music”), K. 477 (1785)
Symphony No. 41, K. 551, “Jupiter” (1788)
Recitative and Aria of Donna Anna “Non mi dir”: No. 23 from Act II, Scene V of the opera “Don Giovanni”, K. 527 (1787)
Nadezhda Pavlova, soprano
musicAeterna Choir and Orchestra
Conductor – Teodor Currentzis
At the Salzburg Festival 2021, the musicAeterna Orchestra conducted by Teodor Currentzis performed the last symphonies of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – No. 40 K. 550 and No. 41 K. 551 Jupiter. The two pinnacles of Mozart’s symphonic heritage are interconnected: the classic wrote symphonies No. 39–41 in one short period of just a few fruitful weeks in 1788. Conductor and historian Nikolaus Harnoncourt believes that all three of Mozart’s symphonies represent independent parts of a single whole – that is why the lyrical-dramatic Symphony No. 40 lacks a traditional introduction, while the epic No. 41 has such a grandiose, thematically rich finale. Symphony No. 40 with its tremulous first movement and restless finale is perceived as a harbinger of Romanticism. Symphony No. 41 – monumental, optimistic, heroic – refers the listener to Beethoven’s symphonism and embodies classical ideals in musical art.
In the concert the two symphonies – the two sides of Mozart’s unfathomable genius – are joined by works that are close to them both in spirit and the time of creation: the orchestral Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, the recitative and aria of Donna Anna from the finale of the opera Don Giovanni and the chorus from the spiritual cantata Davide penitente created in 1785.