The "Grabmusik" (Funeral Music) K. 42 was composed in 1767, when Mozart was
11 years old. Its style reflects the Italian influence predominant in
church music at that time.
The Vienna State Opera Chorus's All Saints' Day concert has become an
institution in Vienna. Although the superbly homogeneous and subtly shading
chorus plays the most important role throughout this concert, the orchestra
also unfolds its warm and colorful and, at times, forceful personality. The
concert in which this work was recorded took place on All Saints' Day 1986
under the musical direction of Claudio Abbado. The soloist here is the
Finnish soprano Karita Mattila, whose "splendid timbre" was singled out by
the reviewer of Vienna's leading daily "Die Presse."