DAVIDE PENITENTE / WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

17 September 2021, Friday
Time 20:30
Carmelite Church, Krakowskie Przedmieście 52/54 in Warsaw

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Although Mozart was famous for his unwavering invention and extraordinary tempo of writing new compositions, even he, like other composers, sometimes reached for his older works to use them in new contexts. The cantata Davide penitente is a special example of this type of composition. In this case, Mozart was not so much inspired by a previously written fragment, but literally copied the music from two previously completed movements (Kyrie and Gloria from the Mass in C minor KV 427), adding a completely original Italian text as well as supplementing them with two arias and the final cadenza. However, the Viennese audience at the premiere of the work in 1785 during a charity concert organized by the Wiener Tonkünstler-Societät could not have known the original work. The composition was well received and was performed many times in the years that followed.

Still, today the situation is very different – after all, the Great Mass in C minor is one of the most famous religious compositions of the great Viennese. It is an interesting opportunity to enjoy the same musical material reworked by the composer himself with a different text, in two different languages. Today’s event will feature an Italian paraphrase of the biblical Psalms of David selected by Mozart, written in the mid-18th century by the poet and musician Saverio Mattei.

The solemn Kyrie KV 341 solemn in D minor will serve as a kind of musical introduction. It was once considered to be one of the first pieces written by Mozart in Munich. Today, however, the piece is dated rather to the last years of the Master’s life, yet its sublime character still prompts a particular kind of reflection.

PROGRAM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Kyrie KV 341

Davide penitente KV 469
Chorus Alzai le flebili voci al Signor
Chorus Cantiam le glorie
Aria Lungi le cure ingrate
Chorus Sii pur sempre benigno, oh Dio
Duet Sorgi, o Signore, e spargi
Aria A te, fra tanti affanni
Chorus Se vuoi, puniscimi
Tercetto Tutte le mie speranze
Chorus Chi in Dio sol spera – Di tai pericoli non ha timor

 

PERFORMERS

AGNIESZKA KOZŁOWSKA I SOPRANO
ANETA ŁUKASZEWICZ II SOPRANO
JACEK SZPONARSKI TENOR

THE CHORUS OF THE POLISH ROYAL OPERA

THE ORCHESTRA OF THE POLISH ROYAL OPERA

LILIANNA KRYCH CHORUS MASTER

TADEUSZ KAROLAK CONDUCTOR

 

 


Duration: approx. 1 h
The seats in the auditorium are not numbered.

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