Franz Schubert – Symphony no. 8 ‘Unvollendete’ D.759
György Ligeti – Lux aeterna
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem in d-mol (KV 626)
Ironically, Mozart wrote his famous Requiem from his own deathbed. At his death, he left an unfinished score, as if his farewell to life should not mean the end of his music. And so it happened: his large-scale work for choir and orchestra is of an unearthly beauty, which still offers solace.
Many generations later, Ligeti also found inspiration in the eternal light. In his Lux Aeterna, a swirling web of sounds forms a mysterious musical mist that represents eternity.
The über-romantic Schubert also preferred to escape earthly existence: "the inner life is the only life," sounded his motto. Like Mozart, he left his most beguiling work in an appropriate manner: unfinished.
Sandra Paelinck (mezzo soprano), Charles Dekeyser (bass), Stephan Adriaens (tenor), Annelies Van Gramberen (soprano)
Casco Phil in coproduction with Het Laatste Bedrijf
This performance came about with the support of the Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government and Gallop Tax Shelter.