musica pro pace: Benjamin Britten War Requiem op. 66

„Dona nobis pacem“ – Friedensmusik für 1945

Konzert zum Osnabrücker Friedenstag (Concert for the Osnabrück Peace Day)


May 13, 2023, 6 pm, Osnabrück High Cathedral

May 15, 2023, 8 pm, Osnabrück High Cathedral

Introduction by Stefan Hanheide: 45 minutes before the start, Forum at the cathedral

Tickets are available at the Osnabrück Theater.

Opera, extra and children’s choir of the Theater Osnabrück, choirs at the cathedral, Osnabrück youth choir, chamber choir of the University of Osnabrück

Soloists: Susann Vent-Wunderlich (soprano), Andrew Dickinson (tenor), Dietrich Henschel (baritone)
Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra

Andreas Hotz

Choir rehearsal:
Sierd Quarré, Markus Lafleur, Clemens Breitschaft, Joachim Siegel

Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” is one of the most fascinating and impressive musical works of the 20th century. It is the largest and most important anti-war composition ever. It requires well over 200 participants, divided into a large choir, a boys’ choir, a large symphony orchestra and a chamber orchestra as well as three soloists. It was commissioned in 1962 for the celebrations to mark the consecration of the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed by German aerial bombs on the night of November 14/15, 1940. The corruption of war on the one hand and the question of forgiveness on the other are the central themes of the work, which are presented with great tonal richness. The text is based on the Latin Mass for the Dead and anti-war poems by the young English poet Wilfred Owen, who wrote them during the First World War, which he fell victim to a few days before its end. After 25 years, the work was performed again in Osnabrück.

May 15, 2023, 8 pm Uhr, Hoher Dom zu Osnabrück

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