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A la demande: Berlioz's Grande messe des morts

Bergen Philharmonic OrchestraEnregistré à Grieg Hall (Grieghallen), Bergen, Norvège

Berlioz’s grandiose Requiem, written to commemorate the fallen of the 1830 revolution in France, masterfully mixes the dramatic with the intimate.

This performance requires a gargantuan ensemble, including three choirs and colossal brass, and unleashes an incredible range of expression with masterful theatricality.

The ideas flowed so quickly for this piece that the composer had to devise a more efficient musical shorthand to keep up. In contrast to the mighty, violent sounds of the apocalypse, the quieter sections emerge with even greater impact. A lone tenor soloist symbolises the soul of the individual.

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Eikanger-Bjørsvik musikklag are conducted by Edward Gardner for this opening concert of the 2018 Bergen International Festival.

The choral component to this co-production with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bergen National Opera consists of the Edvard Grieg Choir, the Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Collegiûm Mûsicûm Choir and the Royal Northern College of Music Choir, all led by choirmaster Håkon Matti Skrede. Young tenor Bror Magnus Tødenes has delighted the Festival audience in the past, and the award-winning singer is the evening’s soloist.

‘If I were threatened with the destruction of all my works but one, I should beg mercy for the Requiem.’ – Hector Berlioz.

Filmed in May 2018

Presented by Bergen International Festival, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Bergen National Opera.

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