Britten: Bychkov conducts War Requiem
Renowned maestro Semyon Bychkov and a marvelous cast of soloists join the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Symphony Chorus to mark the Benjamin Britten centenary with one of Western music’s foremost masterpieces. Britten’s War Requiem, considered by many to be the composer’s greatest work, juxtaposes the Latin Requiem Mass with verses by the World War I poet Wilfred Owen, offering one of the canon’s greatest artistic responses to war and its victims. It’s a rare performance of an epic work… Show more
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Founded in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) is widely considered to be among the country’s most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions. Under Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT), the SFS presents more than 220 concerts and presentations annually for an audience of nearly 600,000 in its home of Davies Symphony Hall, in other Bay Area venues, and through an active national and international touring program....
James Gilchrist has been one of the leading English tenors to emerge in the latter part of the 20th century. He has sung a wide range of repertory, from J.S. Bach (St. John Passion) to Berlioz (L'enfance du Christ) to Britten (War Requiem), and onto such modern fare as Knut Nystedt's Apocalypsis Joannis....
Roderick Williams is a bass who rapidly began establishing an operatic career in Britain in the mid-'90s. After university, Williams was a school music teacher for three years while training for a full-time career as a professional singer....
Semyon Bychkov's conducting is admired for its clarity, unexaggerated expression, and frankness in conveying the intent of the music, regardless of what he is conducting. He is equally comfortable conducting orchestral, choral, or operatic music....
The San Francisco Symphony is one of the few major U.S. orchestras with its own chorus and the SFS Chorus is recognized internationally as one of America’s finest. Established in 1972 at the request of Seiji Ozawa, the Symphony’s Music Director, the 155-member Chorus today gives a minimum of twenty-six performances each season and has sung under many of the world’s leading conductors, including Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, SFS Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Robert Shaw....
The Pacific Boychoir's reputation for excellence has earned performances with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS), having performed under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlan, David Robertson, and Vance George....
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