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.

programme

Benjamin Britten – War Requiem, op. 66

Playlist

artists

Mariss Jansons

Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest

Elena Stikhina, sopraan

Mark Padmore, tenor

Michael Volle, bariton

Groot Omroepkoor

Nationaal Kinderkoor

practical info

Tickets

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location

concert

Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN Amsterdam (NL) |

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