Mozart Requiem

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The Haydneum - led by artistic director György Vashegyi, the founder and head of the Purcell Choir and the Orfeo Orchestra - was established with the aim, among others, to discover and revive, through its research activities, Hungary's early music past, restoring it as a public treasure, including by selecting from the hidden riches of such archives as the Esterházy collection at the National Széchényi Library, which preserves many precious rarities. It is neither for the first time nor for the last time this evening that the audience will get to hear compositions found among the precious gems of this music library being performed again after a quarter of a millennium of oblivion. Following the unknown, the second part will bring the familiar: the Mozart Requiem. Research has shown that the composer's large-scale oratorical work was inspired by a composition in the same genre by Michael Haydn, whom Mozart esteemed highly and followed as a model in more than one of his works. As a central interpretive workshop of historically informed early music performance in Hungary under the leadership of György Vashegyi, the Purcell Choir and the Orfeo Orchestra have been giving highly successful concerts and producing critically acclaimed recordings for more than thirty years.

Program and cast

Conductor:

György Vashegyi

Featuring:

Purcell Choir

Orfeo Orchestra (on period instruments)

Palace of Arts Müpa Budapest

When Müpa Budapest, Hungary and its capital's new cultural hub, opened in 2005, it was built to represent more than 100 years of Hungarian cultural history. As a conglomeration of cultural venues, the building has no precedent in 20th century Hungarian architecture and has no peers in the whole of Central Europe.


The creators of this ambitious project, the Trigránit Development Corporation, prime contractor Arcadom Construction and the Zoboki, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office, were driven by the desire to create a new European cultural citadel as part of the new Millennium City Centre complex along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Danube waterfront. The result is a facility whose construction quality, appearance, functionality and 21st century technological infrastructure makes it ideally suited to productions of the highest standard. The building is also highly versatile and equipped to host performances of any genre and almost any scale.

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