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MOZART, W.A.: Requiem (Aix-en-Provence Festival, 2019)

Requiem in D Minor, K. 626
Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Librettist/Text Author: Mass Text
Conductor: Pichon, Raphael
Orchestra: Pygmalion
Chorus: Pygmalion Chorus

Alto: Mingardo, Sara
Bass: Tittoto, Luca
Boy soprano: Lazreq, Chadi
Soprano: Piau, Sandrine
Tenor: Giustiniani, Anicio Zorzi

Set Designer: Castellucci, Romeo
Costume Designer: Castellucci, Romeo
Lighting Designer: Castellucci, Romeo
Stage Director: Castellucci, Romeo

Date of Production: 2019
Festival: Aix-en-Provence Festival
Playing Time: 01:38:56
Catalogue Number: P711

These musings by Mozart on life and death were the starting point for Raphael Pichon and Romeo Castellucci's interpretation of the composer's emblematic unfinished Requiem. An expression of humankind's existential dread in the face of mortality, this requiem mass confronts us with the transience of nature and culture, of humankind and of the individual.

'We should understand and celebrate the end as the other side of a party, where the dance carries on. This Missa pro defunctis is thus transposed and its meaning changed.' Thanks to Castellucci's theatrical vision and the musical dramaturgy by Pichon, who supplements the work with other religious pieces by Mozart, this Requiem becomes the ultimate celebration of life.

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