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Week of February 4, 2008

London Symphony Orchestra
from Avery Fisher Hall

Sir Colin Davis conductor
Imogen Cooper, piano

London Symphony Chorus
Marie Arnet, soprano
Anna Stéphany, mezzo soprano
Andrew Tortise, tenor
Darren Jeffery, bass

The audio for this program has been removed, per American Public Media's rights agreement with this orchestra.

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27
Mozart: Requiem

Do you remember the scene in the movie Amadeus, where Mozart receives a commission from a mysterious stranger to write a Requiem Mass? He imagines this stranger is asking him to write his own funeral service. But Mozartís last year of life was a busy one, and he put off writing the Requiem to work on his operas, The Magic Flute and La clemenza di Tito. In the late fall of 1791, though, he finally got at it. As winter set in his health started to deteriorate and he passed away before he was able to finish it. Mozartís wife, Constanze, hired a series of composers to attempt completing the work Ė the last of which was Sussmayer, one of Mozartís colleagues. Sussmayer was no Mozart, but the genius of the original shines through as we'll experience in this thrilling performance from Avery Fisher Hall.

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Sir Colin Davis

Imogen Cooper

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Avery Fisher Hall