Left unfinished at the time of his death in 1791, Mozart’s Requiem is not only testament to his extraordinary talent but continues to be regarded as one of the most profound and moving musical expressions in classical music.
Programme Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (arr. Robert Wiremu) | Requiem in D minor K 626
About composer Robert Wīremu:
As an occasional composer, Robert has been relatively prolific in output. A student of the late Jack Body, the late David Farquhar, and the very active Ross Harris, Robert was a singer (studying with Emily Mair) specialising in new and old music. It’s not surprising then that he would focus his writing on work featuring the voice. He’s also strongly influenced by Māori sounds and perspectives, which is evident in his output.
Since the late 90s, Robert has taught musicianship and voice at the University of Auckland. During the majority of that period, he worked very closely with Karen Grylls, transforming the Auckland Chamber Choir, establishing applied approaches to the teaching of musicianship skills, and supporting the development of conducting studies.
About this project, he says: “The opportunity to reimagine a cultural masterwork, a giant in the classical canon, comes with a lot of expectation. Some will believe it inappropriate to touch such an icon, that Mozart was a perfect artist, and genius. This is not in dispute. Some will expect me to burn down the institutions and raze the establishment. I’ve had my ups and downs with Wolfgang, but I commit to this project with utmost respect. All I can offer is a commentary on how I hear the requiem, how it effects me, how I relate to it, how I live with it, how it infiltrates my days. That’s all!”