Review: Surrounded in legends: Mozart’s Requiem

MOZART’S “Requiem” is surrounded in legends and lies, mystery and myth – even urban myth such as perpetuated by the romantic fiction portrayed in the film “Amadeus”. Even so, this monumental work remains a perennial favourite. Such was the case for this concert, enjoyed by a jam-packed Albert Hall audience. But we had to wait a bit, because first on the program was a work by the prolific Italian composer, Luigi Boccherini, who, at 13 years Mozart’s senior, was more or less a contemporary of the Austrian master. Boccherini’s “Stabat Mater” is a quite long but lovely if emotional work, starting with an overture and then a libretto of twenty 3-line verses from a 13th century text. It carries a