Mozart: Missa brevis in B flat major K.275 (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Radio France Choir)

Duration : 18 minutes

Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Radio France Choir performing Mozart's Missa brevis in B flat major K.275. Excerpt from the Christmas concert performed at the Radio France Auditorium on 22 December 2018.

Much of Mozart's religious music was composed before his twenty-fifth birthday, a time when the young man worked as a church musician for the Prince-Archbishopric of Salzburg. Sixteen masses were composed during this period, before his move to Vienna in 1781. Despite their functional and "circumstantial" character, these compositions contain some of Mozart's most accomplished ideas, only to be eclipsed by the later unfinished works from his Viennese period (the Great mass in c minor and the Requiem)..

The Missa brevis K.275 was not composed for the Archbishopric Hieronymus Colloredo, whose relations with Mozart were strenuous at best. His leave of absence denied and therefore unable to go to Paris as he had hoped, Mozart handed in his resignation in August 1777 to his puzzled patron. This mass, whose patron remains unknown, was first performed in December, in the church of Saint-Peter in Salzburg, whilst Mozart prolonged his stay in Mannheim before leaving for France. The title "missa brevis" ("brief mass") is explained by the work's short duration and the simplicity of the means required for its performance. The melodic inspiration is simple and almost popular, and the orchestra is reduced to its essentials, though Mozart nonetheless draws all possible expression from the ensemble. Each prayer is the subject of a single number, in which soloists and choir alternate in turn, with the exception of the Sanctus, sung only by the choir, whose second part, Benedictus, is developed in the form of an aria for solo soprano.

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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