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War Requiem in Moscow - a review

February 16th 2010    Category: General

Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” was performed on the opening night of Novaya Opera’s annual “Epiphany Week”, held in Moscow.  Writing in the Moscow Times, Raymond Stults called this performance the best of the festival:

"The very best of what I heard at the festival came on its opening night, with a superbly played and sung performance of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” under the baton of British guest conductor Jan Latham-Koenig. A moving expression of the composer’s anti-war sentiments, the “War Requiem” combines the words of the Latin Mass for the Dead and poems by the great British poet of World War I, Wilfred Owen, and calls for enormous musical forces: a full-sized and a chamber orchestra, an adult mixed chorus and a boys’ choir and three vocal soloists".

The “War Requiem” is due to be repeated at Novaya Opera on May 9. 

Read the review on the Moscow Times website


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