Mozart began composing Requiem in d minor in Vienna in 1791, in the year of his death, and did not live to finish the composition or to see it produced. The first performance of the completed funeral mass took place in Vienna two years later, and the composition quickly gained fame in Europe and worldwide. Symphony no. 40 in g minor from 1788 is Mozart’s penultimate symphony, and one of only two he composed in a minor key. Robert Schumann praised its “Greek lightness and grace.”
Collegium 1704 is a Prague-based highly acclaimed Baroque orchestra established in 2005 by the conductor and harpsichordist Václav Luks. The orchestra & vocal ensemble present famous orchestral and choral works by well-known composers as well as long-forgotten and now rediscovered treasures of the Baroque repertoire. The ensemble has been successfuly promoting work of Czech masters like Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček.