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Britten War Requiem

 14 August 2014 at 8pm 

Britten War Requiem

Edinburgh International Festival

Sir Andrew Davis Conductor

Albina Shagimuratova Soprano
Toby Spence Tenor
Matthias Goerne Baritone

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
NYCoS National Boys Choir
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

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.

Benjamin Britten : War Requiem

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