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Festival Opening

Grafenegg Wolkenturm

Instrumentation

  • Anna Samuil, soprano
  • Christian Elsner, tenor
  • Lucas Meachem, baritone
  • Wiener Sängerknaben, choir
  • Wiener Singverein, choir
  • Yutaka Sado, conductor
  • Yukari Saito, conductor

Programmes

Ryan Wigglesworth
Prélude to a Requiem
Benjamin Britten

«All a poet can do today is warn»: Wilfred Owen’s words head the score of Britten’s «War Requiem», a work in which quiet grief faces the shrillness of violence. The 1962 work is a timeless warning against war and a stirring celebration of compassion. After Ryan Wigglesworth, Britten’s compatriot and Grafenegg’s Composer in Residence, plants his Composer Tree and his Fanfare heralds the Festival, the Wolkenturm becomes a musical monument of peace.

Benjamin Britten

«War Requiem» op. 66

Movements

  • Requiem aeternam

  • Dies irae

  • Offertorium

  • Sanctus

  • Agnus Dei

  • Libera me

Duration

85 Min.

Creation

1961