Live from Coventry Cathedral
Presented by Martin Handley
The CBSO and Andris Nelsons give an anniversary performance of Britten's War Requiem in Coventry Cathedral 50 years after they gave the historic premiere there with the composer.
The piece requires two orchestras, large choir and soloists and combines a setting of the liturgical Requiem Mass with settings of poems by the First World War poet Wilfred Owen. Britten composed it for the opening of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962, which had been built to replace the one destroyed during the devastating blitz on the city in 1940. Britten's profound and moving work became an instant international success. As with the first performance, the fiftieth anniversary performance features a line up of soloists from different European countries.
Tonight's performance is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and simultaneously across European television.
Britten - War Requiem
Erin Wall (soprano)
Mark Padmore (tenor)
Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
CBSO Youth Chorus
Andris Nelsons (conductor)
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