Mozart: Dixit & Magnificat K.193 (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Radio France Choir)

Duration : 10 minutes

Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Radio France Choir performing Mozart's Dixit & Magnificat K.193. Excerpt from the Christmas concert performed at the Radio France Auditorium on 22 December 2018.

Composed three years earlier, the Dixit Dominus & Magnificat renews an interest in the Baroque aesthetic, as if in reference to the Venitian style of the 17th century. It is the first of three works composed by Mozart for the solemn vespers during his time as a Salzburg composer. Contrary to the others, this mass is fragmented, containing only the prayers placed at the start and the end of verspers: the Dixit Dominus (psalm 109) and the Magnificat (the Canticle of the Virgin Mary from the Gospel of Luke). 

The important passages of these two biblical texts are underligned by changes in tone, which accentuate the solemnity of the work overall. The majesty and levity expressed by the work a largely due to the presence within the orchestra of two trumpets and timpani, but also to Mozart's brilliant choral writing, made all the more varied by the brief interjections by the soloists.

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Full concert
Christmas Concert with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Radio France Choir
Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio,Paris
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
All artists
  • Rinaldo AlessandriniConductor
  • Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio FranceOrchestra
  • Martina BaticChoirmaster
  • Choeur de Radio FranceChoir
  • Sarah DewaldPerformer
  • Cyril VerhulstPerformer
  • Grégoire GuérinPerformer
  • Barbara VignudelliPerformer