Evelina Dobracheva soprano concerts
Music From Across The Iron Curtain
Southbank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall
27 September 2013
Benjamin Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
Benjamin Britten: Poco lento (2nd movement) from Movements for a Clarinet Concerto compl. Colin Matthews arr. Joseph Phibbs for string orchestra (World premiere)
Aaron Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No.14
Britten and Copland wrote their clarinet concertos for the American ‘King of Swing’ Benny Goodman, with Britten’s original score impounded by US Immigration, as he was being watched by the FBI. It was eventually finished by Colin Matthews. His Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings was composed in 1947, one of the first pieces he wrote on his return from wartime America. Setting English poems on the ideas of night, sleep and the ‘cloak of evil’, it shares similar themes with Shostakovitch’s Fourteenth Symphony, written as a creative response to the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, filled with imagery of death and destruction. Queen Elizabeth Hall at 6pm – Pre-concert talk looking at the impact of the Cold War on European and American cultural identity. In partnership with the Forum for European Philosophy. FREE
Canterbury Choral Society concerts with Evelina Dobracheva
Benjamin Britten War Requiem, Op.66
26 October 2013
Michael Jurowski conducts Rimsky-Korskov and Mahler
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich (1844-1908), Christmas Eve
Mahler, Gustav (1860-1911), Symphony no. 4 in G major
Stavanger Concert Hall
Sandvigå 1, Bjergsted, Stavanger N- 4007, Norway
Thursday 5 Dec 2013
Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976), War Requiem, Op.66
Carnegie Hall: Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, NY, USA
30 April 2014
Hailed as “a phenomenon” who “pulls together the most intellectually enticing and emotionally gripping [performances] in New York” (The New Yorker), Robert Spano leads his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a stirring performance of Britten’s towering masterpiece. The composer created this mammoth meditation against war by juxtaposing Latin texts from the Mass for the Dead with shocking depictions of battle by Wilfred Owen, a British poet who died in World War I.
Evelina Dobracheva soprano recordings
Benjamin Britten War Requiem Op. 66
Evelina Dobracheva (soprano), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mark Stone (baritone)
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Children’s Choir
Celso Antunes (choir conductor)
Jaap van Zweden, Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor)
The cathedral in Coventry was almost entirely destroyed during a German air raid in 1940, with only the outer walls, bell tower and tomb of the first bishop remaining intact. These were preserved as a memorial. In the 1950s, the decision was made to incorporate the ruins in a new building. The first stone was laid by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. and the new cathedral opened on May 25, 1962. Five days later, it was musically inaugurated with Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, in a performance broadcast live by the BBC.
At the time, Britten was probably the only British composer able to strike a collective chord with his countrymen – even though in his operas, he always sided with eccentrics and outcasts. As a pacifist and homosexual, he had been personally familiar with the conflict between the individual and establishment since the 1930s. Yet Britten was not a political activist, for he was decidedly a member of a generation that held its peace when confronted with the dark aspects of community, family or the military. Artistically, however, Britten was an activist, as witness his antithetical heroes: Peter Grimes, Albert Herring, Billy Bud and Owen Wingrave. At times, his political message was so encoded that it seemed like a message in a bottle for a better future.
Britten’s musical protest to war is very profound and impressive and a memorable concert of this piece took place in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in May 2011. This was recorded on Challenge Classics with Jaap van Zweden and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. A performance of world class!