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BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Dvorak's Requiem

Live from the Barbican, Martin Handley presents a performance of Dvorak's Requiem, with leading soloists joining the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Jiri Belohlavek.

Live from the Barbican. Jiří Bělohlávek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with a stunning line up of vocal soloists, in Dvořák's Requiem Op.89.

Presented by Martin Handley

Antonín Dvořák: Requiem Op.89 - Part 1

8.20pm
Interval

8.50pm
Antonín Dvořák: Requiem Op.89 - Part 2

Kateřina Kněžíková (soprano)
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)
Richard Samek (tenor)
James Platt (bass)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek (conductor)

Jiří Bělohlávek, magnificent interpreter of music from his native Czech Republic, directs Dvořák's epic and rarely-heard Requiem.

Tonight the highly acclaimed BBC Symphony Chorus is placed centre-stage in a work that was first heard in Birmingham in 1891 and is scored for quartet of vocal soloists, large orchestra - including bells - and organ. Feted in England at the time, Dvořák had considered setting Cardinal Newman's Dream of Gerontius text but in the end turned to the words of the Requiem Mass. Though the work was not a response to a personal loss it contains some of Dvořák's most powerful as well as most tender music, and is notable for a striking five-note musical theme that weaves its way throughout.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Requiem op.89 (Part 1)

      Singer: Kateřina Kněžíková. Singer: Catherine Wyn‐Rogers. Singer: Richard Samek. Singer: James Platt. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
  • Interval

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Church Sonatas K68, K69, K144, K145, K212

      Performer: Peter Hurford. Ensemble: Amsterdam Mozart Players.
  • Part 2

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Requiem Op.89 (Part 2)

      Singer: Kateřina Kněžíková. Singer: Catherine Wyn‐Rogers. Singer: Richard Samek. Singer: James Platt. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
  • Post-concert

    • Enrique Granados

      Piano quintet in G minor Op.49

      Performer: Javier Perianes. Ensemble: Cuarteto Quiroga.
      • Granados, Turina – Piano Quintets.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
      • 1.

Credits

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra
Performer BBC Symphony Chorus

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