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Munich Philharmonic: Kraus / Pergolesi / MozartAndrea Marcon (conductor)

Seven bass players of an orchestra in closeup
Copyright: Tobias Hase

Andrea Marcon, who is conducting this concert by the Munich Philharmonic, is renowned as a specialist in historical performance practice.

Andrea Marcon, who is conducting this concert by the Munich Philharmonic, is renowned as a specialist in historical performance practice.

  • Silvia Frigato, soprano
  • Sara Mingardo, mezzo-soprano
  • Andrea Marcon, conductor

Kraus, Pergolesi and Mozart – three composers whose lives were over far too soon. Joseph Martin Kraus is often referred to the “Swedish Mozart”, partly because he was born in the same year as the “real” Mozart and only survived him by a few months. After his premature death, the composer (who had chosen to become Swedish) fell into obscurity – wrongly, as demonstrated by his Symphony in C minor. This work was written in 1792 for the funeral of his patron and employer, King Gustav III of Sweden. Its gloomy, melancholy mood is similar to that of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous Symphony in G minor. Then we have Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – he may have died at the young age of just 26, but his “Stabat mater”, a jewel of vocal Baroque literature, effectively immortalised him. The Munich Philharmonic welcomes Andrea Marcon to the podium; a conductor who is renowned as a specialist in historical performance practice.

Programme

  • Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphony in C minor, K 142
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: “Stabat mater” for soprano, alto, strings and basso continuo
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No 4 in G minor, K 550