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concert Paul McCreesh conducts Britten's War Requiem – With Tatiana Pavlovskaya, John Mark Ainsley, and Hanno Müller-Brachmann Gulbenkian Chorus and Orchestra & Coro Infantil da Academia de Musica de Santa Cecilia

Gulbenkian Chorus and Orchestra & Coro Infantil da Academia de Musica de Santa Cecilia

Paul McCreesh conducts Britten's War Requiem – With Tatiana Pavlovskaya, John Mark Ainsley, and Hanno Müller-Brachmann Gulbenkian Chorus and Orchestra & Coro Infantil da Academia de Musica de Santa Cecilia

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Commissioned for the post-World War II reopening of the Coventry Cathedral destroyed in 1940, Britten’s War Requiem, Op. 66 weaves a hymn of reconciliation out of dialogue between choirs, orchestras, and soloists, and between Latin liturgy and poems of a soldier killed shortly before the end of World War I. In October 2014, the Gulbenkian Orchestra and its director Paul McCreesh performed this deeply moving work at the Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon. For the event, they selected a group of accomplished singers—Russian soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya, British tenor John Mark Ainsley, and German bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachman—whose national backgrounds mirrored those of the soloists from the work’s premiere in 1962. An emotional musical journey testifying to the horrors of war and the incredible depths of human courage and vitality.

Cast

  • Tatiana Pavlovskaya | Soprano
  • John Mark Ainsley | Tenor
  • Hanno Müller-Brachmann | Baritone
  • The Gulbenkian Choir
  • Gulbenkian Orchestra
  • Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome)
  • Paul McCreesh | Conductor

Program

  • Benjamin Britten, War Requiem, Op. 66
    • 1. Requiem aeternam
    • 2. Dies irae
    • 3. Offertorium
    • 4. Sanctus
    • 5. Agnus Dei
    • 6. Libera me

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Yan Proefrock
  • Venue: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Production date: 2014
  • Duration: 1 h 32 min
  • Production: © Oxymore, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Mezzo
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