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CBSO - Britten War Requiem

2 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 25 June 2013

Live from St Paul's Cathedral

Presented by Martin Handley

Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten this year, Edward Gardner conducts a performance of one his most powerful works.

Britten: War Requiem

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Choristers of St Paul's,
CBSO Chorus

Evelina Dobraceva (soprano)
Toby Spence (tenor)
Russell Braun (baritone)

Edward Gardner (conductor)

In the 2013 City of London Festival, and marking the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth, the vast spaces of St Paul's Cathedral echo to the sound of one his most compelling works. Composed to mark the re-opening of Coventry Cathedral in 1962, rebuilt after the catastrophic damage it suffered in the Second World War, this is one of Britten's most powerful and personal works - a pacifist manifesto which links the Latin words of the Mass for the Dead to the First World War poems of Wilfred Owen.


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