Ivan Fischer raises a Requiem for the Covid deadmain
In their first concert for a live audience, Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Requiem on May 26 in memory of those killed by Covid-19. Family survivors have been invited free of charge and the concert will be streamed worldwide.
Iva Fischer says: ‘My heart goes out to the families of the victims of the Covid-19 pandemic. Numbers are horrible enough: the world has lost over 3 million people, my country, Hungary alone is mourning nearly 30 000 of them. But behind these numbers there are people whose lives ended under very sad circumstances. In their final days they had to be isolated, couldn’t receive visitors, couldn’t say farewell to family members. It must have been heartbreaking for their loved ones who were denied access to the hospitals, who couldn’t hold the hand of their dying family member. We hope that mourners in many countries will listen to Mozart’s Requiem and their pain will be eased.’