BBC Proms 2021: Mozart Requiem - Britten Sinfonia

BBC Proms 2021: Mozart Requiem

20 Aug 2021

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Hippolyte et Aricie – Bruit de tonnerre

Hippolyte et Aricie – Ritornello

Dardanus – Tambourins I & II

Castor et Pollux – ‘Tristes apprêts’

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Symphony No. 2 in D major

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Dardanus – ‘Lieux funestes’

Platée – Orage

Les Indes galantes - Chaconne


Mozart (compl. Sussmayr)



“Didn’t I tell you that I composed the Requiem for myself?’ Mozart may (or may not) have spoken those words on his death bed, but his choral masterpiece, the Requiem, commissioned by a mysterious cloaked figure, certainly offers a transfiguring experience. Written in the last month of Mozart’s life, it contrasts the fear of death with radiant hope and balances dark drama with sublime simplicity. It’s sung by a cast of rising-star soloists, joined by some of the UK’s most talented young voices, the National Youth Chamber Choir, with Britten Sinfonia completing the fine line-up.

As a prelude, the concert’s first half includes a short symphony by Mozart’s contemporary Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges – the first composer of African ancestry to make waves in Europe – and a selection of dances, arias and storm-evocations drawn from operas by Jean-Philippe Rameau, the leading music-dramatist of this day.