This Sunday on Choral Concert, Peter Togni will bring you the great Mass in C Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart worked on this intense and beautiful work throughout 1782 and 1783 in his little apartment in Vienna.

It was a work of thanksgiving for the recovery of his wife, Constanza, from a serious illness. When it looked like she wasn’t going to make it, he swore he would write a piece of thanksgiving if she did.

She did recover, but from the tone of Mozart’s work it sounds like he was still reflecting on the possibility of what might have occurred. From the first notes the piece is dark, rich and intense. It points to Mozart’s awareness of the fragility of life and, in some ways, to his own destiny. He died eight years later in 1791.

Choral Concert, the "mostly Mozart" edition, with the Cologne Radio Choir and Orchestra. Sunday, June 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. (9:30 - 11:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2.


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