‘Matchless’ work by Mozart to be performed at Mdina cathedral
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‘Matchless’ work by Mozart to be performed at Mdina cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral, Mdina, the venue for the performance.

The Metropolitan Cathedral, Mdina, the venue for the performance.

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, K. 427, at the Metropolitan Cathedral, Mdina, on Friday at 7.30pm.

The work was penned by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart after his wife Constanze’s recovery from a serious illness.The work was penned by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart after his wife Constanze’s recovery from a serious illness.

Penned by Mozart after his wife Constanze’s recovery from a serious illness, the work’s admirers include none other than Pope Francis himself, who is reported to have commented that the Et incarnatus est passage from the credo section is “matchless: it lifts you to God”.

The work is, in fact, incomplete, missing the concluding Agnus Dei section in its entirety. But the parts that were put to paper showcase Mozart at his finest and most ambitious. Conductor Peter Manning will direct the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be accompa­nied by Malta’s national choir, Kormalta, led by choirmaster Riccardo Bianchi, including soprano Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, mezzo-soprano Claire Massa, tenor Nicholas Mulroy and bass Albert Buttigieg.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, K. 427 will be performed by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra at the Metropolitan Cathedral, Mdina, on Friday at 7.30pm. Admission is free but donations will be received at the door in aid of Caritas Malta. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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