Classical music critic, writer and presenter Tom Service wrote in an article about Mozart's Requiem in The Guardian in December 2011: "The real mystery of the piece isn't so much the story [of who composed which bits] but the music that Mozart did manage to write. The problem is that it's too easy to take the Requiem for granted and not hear what Mozart was actually doing in his composition."
Mozart's orchestration drew inspiration from earlier sources such as Handel and Bach, but was experimental for the time - a "new-fangled combination of orchestral colours," wrote Service. "Mozart turns his Requiem into a reflection and intensification of earlier models of musical grief."
TO BOOK FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF MOZART'S REQUIEM on 10 MARCH