Paul McCreesh conducts Mozart, Haydn and Cherubini
Conductor Paul McCreesh returns to the Saturday Matinee series in The Concertgebouw for the first time since 2008. This time, he'll explore the link between two Viennese classical composers, Haydn and Mozart, and the French-Italian Luigi Cherubini.
Cherubini: Haydn fan and model for Beethoven
It would have been almost impossible for Luigi Cherubini to end up in the forgotten book of music history forever. He owes that he made a comeback in the second half of the twentieth century to Maria Callas, who revived his opera Medea, and to conductor Riccardo Muti, who worked tirelessly for his major choral works. Cherubini was born four years after Mozart, outlived both Mozart and Haydn and was highly regarded by Beethoven, who considered him the greatest composer of his time. His Requiem in C minor was the model for Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. Cherubini adored Joseph Haydn so much that in 1805 – four years early – he dedicated a Chant sur la mort de Haydn to his idol.
Cherubini's Requiem for Louis XVI
Italian by birth, Cherubini acquired an almost papal status in Parisian musical life between 1787 and his death in 1842. He was highly adept politically and wrote hymns to the revolution as easily as this impressive Requiem for the commemoration of the beheading of Louis XVI.
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