Britten’s War Requiem with Dutoit

Charles Dutoit - Conductor

Tatiana Pavlovskaya - Soprano

Steve Davislim - Tenor

Matthias Goerne - Baritone

Westminster Symphonic Choir - Mixed chorus

The American Boychoir - Boys choir


Britten - War Requiem, Op. 66

Friday, March 24, 2017

2:00 pm Verizon Hall

Conductor Laureate Charles Dutoit returns to lead a massive ensemble in one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of music: Britten’s War Requiem. The composer’s response to the travesty and destruction of war—written to consecrate England’s Coventry Cathedral in 1962, newly rebuilt after being destroyed in a Nazi bombing—features chorus and soprano singing the traditional Latin Mass, constantly interrupted by a chamber orchestra and male voices singing in English. Dutoit says he was overwhelmed when he first heard the work, as a student in Switzerland shortly after its premiere. He has since performed it all over the world. Tradition dictates that the soprano be Russian, the tenor English, and the baritone German, representing the combatants in World War II who suffered the most. We honor that tradition with singers Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Steve Davislim, and Matthias Goerne.

Stream a preview of the full War Requiem by Mike Cone, music-lover, lifelong concert-goer, and former composer who explores the work with his historical overview entitled Poetry is in the Pity available now through the Orchestra's On Demand portal.

These performances are made possible in part by the generous support of the Presser Foundation and by Mollie and Frank Slattery, in honor of Charles Dutoit
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