Wednesday 10 July 2019, 7.30pm at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Conductor: Mark Forkgen
Although Haydn’s original title Missa in angustiis (Mass in time of fear or distress) reflected the ongoing turmoil of the Napoleonic wars, the Mass is defiantly optimistic in tone. It dates from 1798, the year of Nelson’s victory over the French in the Battle of the Nile. The powerful and dramatic Te Deum was commissioned by the Habsburg Empress, Maria Theresa. In 1800 both works were performed in the presence of Nelson and the Empress.