Mozart: Mass in C Minor, KV.427 (1783). Haydn: Missa Sancti Nicolai, Hob.22:6 (1772)
Tafelmusk Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir, Ivars Taurins, conductor
Karina Gauvin, soprano; Laura Pudwell, mezzo; David Arnot, tenor; Brian McMillan, baritone
George Weston Recital Hall
†Tafelmusik today presents the last performance of Mozart's Great Mass in George Weston Recital Hall (this is also its seasonal finale).
† Once again bring myself to this great music after three days. A second revelation --- a revelation that is so different from last one. The idea of Belief, which is steadily behind all those dramas, sensuality and thrills, is now clearly perceived. At the same time, those tragic dramas of human struggle and the human longing for the divinity themselves are also seen in a much clearer way.
† Missed Haydn's Missa in the first half (so missed the radical contrast to Mozart's in the second half). Tonight it is Mozart that matters.
† In this C minor Mass, it's not the thrills but the familiarity that amazes. This is not the lazy cosiness but rather tranquil familiarity, as if I'm looking at the landscape in the bottom of my heart which Iím also fond of. Yet in the final section, the Agnus Dei that repeats Kyrie's music part, I'm quietly brought to the height of shock. The world fades before my eyes --- and everything make senses. I was the first one giving the applause in a thundering breakout. Iím a little ashamed, feeling being dishonest, because just as I manifested three days ago, this divine music doesnít need applause --- it requires solemn silence.
† The town
† The acoustics
of George Weston Hall is surprising inferior than that of
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