City of London Sinfonia - Mozart, Purcell, Part, Britten
The City of London Sinfonia and Polyphony perform Mozart's Requiem together with other music for remembrance by Purcell, Arvo Pärt and Britten.
Live from St John's Smith Square in London. Introduced by Martin Handley.
Purcell: March (Funeral Music for Queen Mary) Purcell (arranged Britten): Chacony in G Minor
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
8.30: INTERVAL - music for harpsichord by Purcell, plus, as a tribute to the late John Tavener, an archive recording of his 2004 BBC talk on his lifelong love of Mozart.
8.50: Part 2
Katherine Watson (soprano)
Claudia Huckle (mezzo-soprano)
Thomas Walker (tenor)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
City of London Sinfonia
Stephen Layton (conductor)
Music for remembrance is the theme for the City of London Sinfonia's annual visit to St John's Smith Square. The orchestra's Artistic Director is joined by his own Polyphony choir, which in 2010 was named by Gramophone Magazine as one of the world's top five choirs. Mozart composed his Requiem in the last year of his life; it was the same for Henry Purcell, who died in the same year he composed his Funeral Music for Queen Mary. The rest of the programme links together Purcell with Benjamin Britten and Arvo Pärt, in music written as tributes to fellow composers.
Followed by music from the younger generation of pianists, recorded earlier this year in concert halls across Europe.