Welcome our cultural exchange partner, Bejing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra.
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
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.