Concert Review 1: Britten’s ‘War Requiem’/Sydney Symphony/Ashkenazy

The present day ruins of St Michael's Cathedral in Coventry.
The bombed ruins of St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry. for whose re-consecration Britten composed his War Requiem.


As we acknowledge Remembrance Day today, this month we pay special attention to the birth centenary of Benjamin Britten which falls on November 22nd. All year there have been performances of his music around the world. This weekend especially, the two anniversaries were remembered with performances of his War Requiem in many cities.

Read Peter McCallum’s review in the Sydney Morning Herald: “Vladimir Ashkenazy drew together a potent performance of unified concentration.”

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