introduction

Britten composed the War Requiem for the consecration of the Cathedral of Coventry, which was destroyed during the Second World War: a new church was erected next to the ruins of the old one.

Likewise, the music constantly balances between classical harmonies and modern dissonance. The traditional Requiem text alternates with verses by the poet-soldier Wilfred Owen, who died during the First World War at the age of twenty-five. The texts are about death and destruction, but the music of Britten, a confirmed pacifist, is very much in tune with the hope that glows between the lines.

Gianandrea Noseda will replace Mariss Jansons during this concert. Ticket buyers will be informed.

programme

Benjamin Britten – War Requiem, op. 66

Playlist

artists

Gianandrea Noseda

conductor

Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest

ensemble

Elena Stikhina, soprano

soloist

Mark Padmore, tenor

soloist

Michael Volle, baritone

soloist

Groot Omroepkoor

ensemble

Nationaal Kinderkoor

ensemble

practical info

Tickets

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location

concert

Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN Amsterdam (NL) |

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