HAYDN Te Deum in C
MOZART Symphony No. 41 ‘Jupiter’
MOZART Mass in C Minor
Academy Choir Wimbledon
London Mozart Players
Sopranos – Soraya Mafi and Rowan Pierce
Tenor – Alessandro Fisher
Bass – Thomas D Hopkinson
Conductor – Matthew Best
Mozart’s C Minor Mass is rightly numbered among the greatest choral works ever written whilst his 41st and final symphony is regarded by many commentators as being – at very least one of – his finest. Haydn’s Te Deum complements this programme very thoughtfully – few write music as invigorating as Haydn – and will open the concert.
Filled with drama, virtuosity and a clear sense of hope, Mozart’s C Minor Mass is a true great – in 2015 Pope Francis commented that one movement – the Et incarnatus est – “is matchless; it lifts you to God!”. Brahms observed of Mozart’s 39th, 40th and 41st Symphonies that: “I am able to understand … that Beethoven’s first symphony did impress people colossally. But the last three symphonies by Mozart are much more important.” Praise indeed!
Our soloists will be a complete delight and include the sopranos Soraya Mafi (an ENO Harewood Artist who won the 2016 Susan Chilcott Award and placed second in the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Award) and Rowan Pierce (winner of the President’s Award at the Royal College of Music in 2017 and the Song Prize and First Prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition) alongside tenor Alessandro Fisher (who won the joint first prize at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award). The London Mozart Players will perform Mozart’s final symphony No. 41 in C Major (“Jupiter”) – regarded by many critics as among the greatest in classical music and of which Brahms observed: “I am able to understand too that Beethoven’s first symphony did impress people colossally. But the last three symphonies by Mozart are much more important.”