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February 22, 2018

'Playing the violin in Mozart’s last masterpiece is always a special mission for me; it makes my life richer and happier, and reminds me that music is simply necessary for our life.'- Hungarian violinist Nandor Szederkényi, who will lead Thames Festival Orchestra in their performance of the Requiem at Cadogan Hall on 10 March with Thames Philharmonic Choir. The concert also includes what Szederkenyi calls 'miracle music’ which can leave ‘no human being untouched’ – Samuel B...

February 21, 2018

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died, aged 35, leaving his best-loved choral work - the Requiem - unfinished. He only completed the first movement Requiem aeternae,  drafted a few others, and died later in the day he of writing the first 8 bars of the aptly named Lacrimosa (weeping). His pupil Franz Süssmayr finished the composition and claimed that Agnus Dei and Sanctus were all his own work. There have been many other versions of the Requiem, but it is Sussmayr’s that Thames...

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