Michael Tanner

The grotesque unevenness of Mozart’s Requiem

Plus: a tremendous concert performance of Ariodante at the Royal Opera House

Elizabeth Llewellyn, Sarah Connolly, Ed Lyon and Gerald Finley as the superb soloists in Mozart's Requiem, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Image © Clive Barda

It is amazing what fine performances you can get beamed to your computer these days. Slightly less amazing is the packaging these events come in, when they do. ENO relayed free a concert of Mozart’s Requiem, but it was preceded by a snatch of Strictly, with a row of muscular young guys ripping off their shirts, before we entered the Coliseum for a heavily pregnant Danielle de Niese hyping the event we were about to see and hear.

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