4 April, 7:00 pm as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow will host Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem performed by the renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The concert will take place within the 5th International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival held between 27 March and 5 April 2014.
The Moscow performance of Britten’s War Requiem will feature celebrated soloists such as Ian Bostridge — leading UK tenor and one of the most prominent performers of Britten, Matthias Goerne — German baritone, a student of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, for whom Britten wrote the original baritone role in the War Requiem. The Bulgarian soprano, Alexandrina Pendatchanska will perform the role originally written for Galina Vishnevskaya. Vladimir Yurovsky, Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, will lead the performance.
BENJAMIN BRITTEN’S WAR REQUIEM
Benjamin Britten completed the War Requiem in 1962 to celebrate the opening of St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry. The original cathedral was destroyed by German bombing raids in 1940. Reconstruction of the cathedral symbolized the revival of the UK after World War II for UK citizens. The War Requiem is regarded as Britten’s masterpiece. In this work, Britten recreated the dialogue between ephemeral and eternal by mixing the words of the Mass for the Dead in Latin with the penetrating and lyrical poems of one of the greatest World War I poets, Wilfred Owen.
The soprano and choir, accompanied by a full orchestra, and the boys’ choir, which has a chamber organ to accompany the voices, sing the traditional Latin Requiem text. Tenor and baritone accompanied by the chamber orchestra sing poems by Wilfred Owen. In the premiere performance Britten himself conducted the chamber orchestra. The full forces join together towards the end of the work where the final lines of Owen’s poem on reconciliation between former enemies are performed, along with Latin text on eternal rest.
THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The London Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the major UK orchestras balancing traditional and innovative approaches to classical music.
The Orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932, and since then has been headed by many of the great names of the conducting world, including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. Since 2007, Vladimir Jurowski has been the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra is Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra is resident at the Royal Festival Hall where it gives around 40 concerts per season. Highlights of the 2013–2014 season are dedicated to Britten’s centenary, the War Requiem and Peter Grimes will be performed under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski.
Apart from live concerts the London Philharmonic Orchestra produces soundtracks for computer games and blockbusters including scores for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, East is East, Lawrence of Arabia and The Keeper of Time. The London Philharmonic Orchestra broadcasts regularly on TV and radio. In summer 2005, the London Philharmonic Orchestra established its own record label, which now numbers over 75 releases. In summer 2012, the LPO performed as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames, and was also chosen to record all the world’s national anthems for the London 2012 Olympics.