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Britten’s War Requiem Philharmonia Orchestra

Supported by Joscelyn Fox

Thursday 14 August
  • Running time: 
    1 hour and 30 minutes approximately

Sir Andrew Davis Conductor

Albina Shagimuratova Soprano
Toby Spence Tenor
Matthias Goerne Baritone

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
NYCoS National Boys Choir
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Britten War Requiem

A cry of fury at the futility of war, and an intensely moving tribute to the dead. Benjamin Britten summed up his deeply held pacifist beliefs in his powerful War Requiem, which contrasts texts from the Latin Requiem Mass with searing visions of the First World War in poetry by Wilfred Owen.

It is a deeply humane masterpiece with a timely message of compassion and reconciliation, from the shattering fanfares of the 'Dies irae' to the exquisite concluding plea for peace.

Widely admired for his incisive accounts of British music and his expertise in choral works, Sir Andrew Davis directs the outstanding Philharmonia Orchestra, and gathers a stellar line-up of international vocalists, as well as the combined forces of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the boys of the NYCoS National Boys Choir.

gloriously characterful playing.

The Scotsman, Festival 2012

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Usher Hall

Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2EA

Supported by

Joscelyn Fox

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Philharmonia Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis Conductor

Albina Shagimuratova Soprano
Toby Spence Tenor
Matthias Goerne Baritone

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
NYCoS National Boys Choir
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Britten War Requiem

Britten's War Requiem - The Herald

August 15th 2014

★ ★ ★ ★

Review by: 

Michael Tumelty

Britten’s War Requiem - The Scotsman

August 16th 2014

★ ★ ★ ★ 

"everyone sharp, alert and instantly responsive to Davis’s insistent lead – allowed this harrowing score to fulfil its maximum emotional impact."

Review by: 

Ken Walton

Image: Ruins of Coventry Cathedral after German bombings, 1940: Tallandier RA/Lebrecht Music & Arts

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Grand circle: £44 £36 £18
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