Edinburgh International Festival: Britten's War Requiem

Thursday 14 Aug 2014, 8pmUsher Hall, Edinburgh

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Sir Andrew Davis conductor

Albina Shagimuratova soprano

Toby Spence tenor

Matthias Goerne baritone

Edinburgh Festival Chorus choir

Britten War Requiem

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.