Christophe Chagnard and the Northwest Sinfonietta joined with soloists from Pacific Lutheran University’s Choral Union in presenting Mozart’s Requiem, which followed the composer’s Missa Brevis in F at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall of Seattle Symphony’s Benaroya Hall on April 17.

Christophe Chagnard and the Northwest Sinfonietta joined with soloists from Pacific Lutheran University’s Choral Union in presenting Mozart’s Requiem, which followed the composer’s Missa Brevis in F at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall of Seattle Symphony’s Benaroya Hall on April 17.

Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F for chorus and orchestra was performed prior to the Requiem, a work that was intended for Salzburg Cathedral. Missa Brevis was a well-balanced piece to go with the weightier Requiem, in which the orchestra consists of only 11 strings and a chamber organ. Lightly touched and delicately blended, Richard Nance, the conductor of PLU paved a nice setting to welcome the much stronger sequence later on that night.

As Mozart’s last composition and one of his most popular and respected works, the Northwest Sinfonietta and Choral Union brought the Requiem to its full extend, while Chagnard’s presence was the highlight of the night. It was an exceptional performance by the French conductor. Christophe Chagnard is one of the most sought-after conductors in the Pacific Northwest and he was skillful and committed in beautifully presenting Mozart’s piece. Chagnard, aided by the potent professionalism of the four soloists, gave a spirited and moving performance of this personal and deeply felt work. He utilized every element that he had, commanding a powerful and emotional presentation.

For the mystic Requiem, additional instruments were added, providing extra forces to the piece, which the Sinfonietta played with clarity and strength. With a fuller orchestra, the soloists also blended well in ensembles while the Choral Union sounded excellent and projected reasonably well.

The Northwest Sinfonietta ended its final subscription concert of the season with a full house, receiving a standing ovation, after the extraordinary performance of Mozart’s Requiem. Being one of the best classical-music organizations in the Northwest, the Northwest Sinfonietta continues to bring us the quality of world-class classical music to the locals. For more information about future events and concerts, visit www.nwsinfonietta.org

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