Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore


Benjamin BrittenWar Requiem, Op.66


Vasily Petrenko – Conductor
Lyubov Petrova – Soprano
Andrew Staples – Tenor
Dietrich Henschel – baritone

Philharmonia Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Programme Note

Sixty years after its premiere at the consecration of Coventry’s new Cathedral in 1962, Britten’s War Requiem is still powerful, using music and words to explore the futility of war and memorialise its victims.

Britten was a pacifist and conscientious objector during World War II, and he used poetry written by Wilfred Owen during the First World War alongside the words of the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead to create his Requiem. Sung in this performance by soloists from Russia, Britain and Germany, as Britten intended for the premiere, the War Requiem serves as an important reminder of the power that music has to transform, transcend and heal.

‘With poised contributions from across the orchestra … everything felt just right. Petrenko incisively peeled away the bombast and uncovered the delicacy as well as the drama of the music.’ The Times

Please note that there will be no interval during this concert.

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