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Jaap van Zweden / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

War Requiem Op. 66

  • Type SACD hybrid
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917238822
  • Catalog number CC 72388
  • Release date 17 April 2012
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About the album

The cathedral in Coventry was almost entirely destroyed during a German air raid in 1940, with only the outer walls, bell tower and tomb of the first bishop remaining intact. These were preserved as a memorial. In the 1950s, the decision was made to incorporate the ruins in a new building. The first stone was laid by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. and the new cathedral opened on May 25, 1962. Five days later, it was musically inaugurated with Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, in a performance broadcast live by the BBC.

At the time, Britten was probably the only British composer able to strike a  collective chord with his countrymen – even though in his operas, he always sided with eccentrics and outcasts. As a pacifist and homosexual, he had been personally familiar with the conflict between the individual and establishment since the 1930s. Yet Britten was not a political activist, for he was decidedly a member of a generation that held its peace when confronted with the dark aspects of community, family or the military. Artistically, however, Britten was an activist, as witness his antithetical heroes: Peter Grimes, Albert Herring, Billy Bud and Owen Wingrave. At times, his political message was so encoded that it seemed like a message in a bottle for a better future.   

Britten's musical protest to war is very profound and impressive and a memorable concert of this piece took place in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in May 2011. This was recorded on Challenge Classics with Jaap van Zweden and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. A performance of world class!
 

Diepte interview met Reinbert de Leeuw

09-06-2017

image Op 23 juni verschijnt een nieuw album met muziek van György Kurtág uitgevoerd door het Asko | Schönberg Ensemble en het Groot Omroepkoor onder leiding van Reinbert de Leeuw. Ter gelegenheid hiervan zocht Aart van der Wal de dirigent op voor een uitgebreid interview voor Opus Klassiek. Lees hier deel 1 van het interview, en hier deel 2.  Twee quotes: "Dat paste ook in onze ideologie: niet een keer iets van een componist uitvoeren, ...

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01-09-2012 BBC Music Magazine
01-07-2012 Music Web International

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