On the centenary of the end of the First World War, conductor Andrew Manze brings together hundreds of musicians and choristers from Britain and Germany to perform Britten’s masterpiece in a special concert of commemoration in Hannover’s Kuppelsaal.
Britten’s War Requiem is a powerful and moving work exploring man’s inhumanity to man. Mixing the traditional Latin texts with poems by Wilfred Owen, who was killed in action in 1918, Britten intended the work as a gesture of reconciliation.
Scored for a very large ensemble, 470 musicians perform in this concert drawing from the NDR Philharmonie and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Liverpool Cathedral Choir, Mädchenchor Hannover, Knabenchor Hannover, Junges Vokalensemble Hannover, Bachchor Hannover and the Norddeutscher Figuralchor. Soloists are the soprano Susanne Bernhard, baritone Benjamin Appl and tenor Ed Lyon.