The events held throughout 2014 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco reached a zenith on September 20 with a performance of the Requiem which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing shortly before his death.
Ivor Bolton conducted the Madrid opera house’s own orchestra and chorus in the central nave of Toledo’s cathedral in a performance of this work that was left unfinished by the genius of Salzburg and completed by his disciple Franz Xaver Süssmayr. Count Franz Von Walsegg commissioned the requiem for his wife’s funeral, but Mozart believed that a trick of destiny had led him to compose the music which would be played at his own funeral.
The Toledo Cathedral was the perfect setting for a meeting of music, painting and architecture.
Conductor | Ivor Bolton
Chorus master | Andrés Máspero
Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
Camilla Tilling, soprano
Ann Hallenberg, mezzosoprano
David Alegret, tenor
Alastair Miles, bass