La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble — Mozart Requiem
After their stirring performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, La Cetra returns to the Stadtcasino Basel with another monumental work of classical music literature—Mozart’s “Requiem.” It is monumental not so much in its dimensions as in its demands—a fragment shrouded in legend, universally known and yet full of questions, with expectations of technical precision and sincere emotionality, spirituality in both sacred and concert settings.
For this concert, La Cetra selected the version prepared by Robert Levin, where the incomplete movements and the instrumentation are completed in a way that seems appropriate to Mozart’s spirit. The instrumentation is relatively small, which allows for transparency of sound and the audibility of articulatory details. The soloists in this concert also have close ties to Basel and its rich musical life: The Latvian soprano Gunta Smirnova and the Swiss tenor Jakob Pilgram studied in Basel, alto Rachele Raggiotti sang with La Cetra at the Theater Basel in Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” and the Spanish bass-baritone José Antonio López is a welcome guest of La Cetra with a repertoire ranging from Händel to Beethoven. The “Requiem” will be preceded by Haydn’s Symphony No. 44, which has been nicknamed the “Mourning Symphony” and is formally and musically one of the most interesting works by this composer.
Tickets are CHF 40-135.