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  • Carnegie Hall Presents
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Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Thursday, October 25, 2018 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Bernard Labadie by Dario Acosta
Haydn’s "Nelson Mass" might have been inspired by the visit of the British naval hero to the Esterházy estate where he worked. There’s certainly a martial flair to the work—trumpets and drums work overtime—particularly in its forceful Kyrie and Benedictus. There’s also lore surrounding Mozart’s Requiem, mostly courtesy of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, but the music reigns supreme. The choral music is grand, the passages for solo voices are expressive, and the orchestral writing anticipates the Romantics with its color and gripping dramatic power.

Part of: Orchestra of St. Luke’s and The Classics: Mozart and Beethoven

Orchestra of St. Luke's is also performing October 5, February 28, and April 18.

Bernard Labadie is also performing February 28 and May 7.

La Chapelle de Québec is also performing May 7.


Orchestra of St. Luke's
Bernard Labadie, Principal Conductor
Lauren Snouffer, Soprano
Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano
Lothar Odinius, Tenor
Philippe Sly, Bass-Baritone
La Chapelle de Québec
Bernard Labadie, Music Director


HAYDN Mass in D Minor, "Nelson Mass"
MOZART Requiem (revised and completed by Robert Levin)

This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for choral music established by S. Donald Sussman in memory of Judith Arron and Robert Shaw.

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Haydn’s Mass in D Minor, “Nelson Mass”

Haydn didn’t choose the nickname “Nelson” for his mass, but it might have been inspired by the visit of the British naval hero to the Esterházy estate where the composer worked. Its unusual scoring for trumpets, strings, and timpani—a necessity, since Prince Esterházy dismissed the wind and horn players from his court orchestra in a cost-cutting measure—gives it a unique martial sound. Its dramatic choruses and highly virtuosic solo-voice writing makes it one of Haydn’s grandest masterpieces.

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