RCO: War Requiem



Witnessing a performance of Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem is an experience. It has been one of conductor emeritus Mariss Jansons’s long-cherished wishes to perform this remarkable work with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Scored for orchestra, large chorus, children’s choir and three soloists, it is certainly a challenge to perform. The work also indirectly calls on Jansons’s experience as an opera conductor, since theatre is never far away in Britten’s compositions. In 1964, the Concertgebouw Orchestra performed Britten’s War Requiem under the direction of Bernard Haitink with the ‘dream team’ Britten had actually envisaged for the world premiere two years earlier: the Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, the English tenor Peter Pears and the German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Now the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons have again invited a Russian soprano, an English tenor and a German baritone.

Additional Info

  • No: A86050019
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Netherlands Radio Choir; Flemish Radio Choir
  • Artists: Elena Stikhina, Mark Padmore, Michael Volle
  • Production year: 2018
  • Run time: 01:35:00
  • Producers: RCO, Unitel
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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