For its performance broadcast from the Halle aux Grains in Toulouse, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, under its music director Tugan Sokhiev's baton and accompanied by tenor Bryan Hymel, will play a spectacular work: Berlioz' Grande Messe des morts.
Berlioz' Requiem was commissioned by the French Minister of the Interior of that time, Adrien de Gasparin, to whom the composer dedicated the piece. The work was premiered in 1837 with more than 400 musicians and singers on stage, conducted by François-Antoine Habeneck.
"If I were threatened with the destruction of the whole of my works save one, I should crave mercy for the Messe des morts." said Hector Berlioz. This colossal work in ten movements is sung by the American tenor Bryan Hymel, a rising star of opera singing, and by the Basque chorus Orfeón Donostiarra, that appears for the fifth time on medici.tv, conducted by chorus director José Antonio Sainz Alfaro.
Orchestre de Paris, Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan Memorial Concert
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse