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Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem mass has somewhat infamous origins. It was commissioned in 1941 by the Vichy government, which collaborated with Nazi Germany. Duruflé accepted the commission, but interrupted his work when the regime collapsed, and completed it only in 1947, dedicating it to the memory of his father. The cycle contains all the sections of the Latin missa pro defunctis, but – similarly as in Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and in agreement with French musical tradition – it omits the Dies irae sequence with its horrifying visions of the Last Judgment. The noble simplicity and captivating euphony of the music, interweaving melodic quotations from the age-old Gregorian Liturgy of the Dead, creates an ideal setting for a contemplation of the mystery of death.
Sibelius’s Violin Concerto (1904) – the only concerto in the Finnish composer’s output, casts a spell on the audience with its austere and rather sombre melodies (showing a preference for the low registers), which contain distinct references to Scandinavian folklore. The piece, one of the audience’s all-time favourites, gives the soloist many opportunities for a daring display of technical prowess, but at the same time retains an integrally symphonic design, with an independent, refined orchestral part.