Thursday, March 26, 2009

Guest Review: Mozart Requiem

For those who sought an evening of mind-blowing music played by a group of masterful musicians, the Portland Symphonic Choir’s rendition of Mozart’s Requiem was certainly the answer this past Friday.

While Requiem’s composition and history continue to be shrouded in mystery and controversy, its brilliance was able to shine on this night thanks to Mozart’s creative genius, Robert Levin’s complementary finishing touches and the PSC’s faithful vision and flawless execution.

Throughout the piece’s fourteen movements and fifty-six minute duration, one hundred and twenty-four voices and forty-six instrumentalists took delighted listeners on a non-stop musical thrill ride. Specifically, this ride featured an equal share of smooth and serene moments along with fast and furious ones and truly was a magical experience for anyone who had the privilege to listen. In addition to Requiem, the group showcased a breathtaking rendition of Kyrie in D minor.

Anyone who wants to witness the PSC’s musical prowess once again or for the first time can do at St. Mary’s Cathedral on NW 18th and Davis on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 P.M. or Sunday, May 17 at 2:30 P.M. when it plays Sergei Rachmaninov’s Vespers.

Eric Johnson

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