September 8, 2010.
The Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo hold a concert in honor of Benedict XVI, offered by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
L'Orchestra di Padova e Veneto and the Choir of the Accademia della Voce di Torino, performed the Mozart Requiem Mass, a work which he recalled his childhood to Benedict XVI.
“Every time I listen to Mozart's music I remember my parish church where, when I was a boy, his music was played at Mass on feasts days.”
The pope also used this music to reflect on death, a recurring theme in the work of Mozart.
To evoke it, Benedict XVI read a paragraph from the last letter that Mozart wrote to his father in 1787.
“Over several years I have become so familiar with this sincere friend of man, death, that I no longer find his image terrifying, but reassuring and comforting.”
Pope said that in the music of Mozart it can be perceived a glimmer of the beauty of Heaven, which gives hope to the suffering and death. An unforgettable concert of Benedict XVI's favorite composer.