Berlioz: Grande messe des morts
Wednesday 23rd May, 18:45
Thursday 24th May, 19:30
Berlioz’ grandiose requiem masterfully mixes the dramatic with the intimate.
Hector Berlioz went all in when he wrote his requiem to commemorate the fallen of the 1830 revolution in France. The performance requires a gargantuan ensemble, including three choirs and colossal brass, and unleashes an incredible range of expression with masterful theatricality.
The ideas flowed so quickly for the requiem that the composer had to devise a more efficient musical shorthand to keep up. In contrast to the mighty, violent sounds of the apocalypse the quieter sections emerge with even greater impact. A lone tenor soloist symbolizes the soul of the individual.
The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Eikanger-Bjørsvik musikklag are conducted by Edward Gardner for this opening concert of the 2018 Festiva. ‘Conducting Berlioz’s Requiem is a feat, and Gardner gave the tour de force performance of his life … This was nothing less than a landmark performance of a landmark work.,’ wrote classical website Bachtrack in the summer of 2016.
The choral component to this co-production with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bergen National Opera consists of the Edvard Grieg Choir, the Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Collegiûm Mûsicûm and the Royal Northern College of Music Choir, all led by choirmaster Håkon Matti Skrede. Young tenor Bror Magnus Tødenes has delighted the Festival audience in the past, and the award-winning singer is the evening’s soloist.
The opening concert will be recorded.
‘If I were threatened with the destruction of all my works but one, I should beg mercy for the Requiem.’ – HECTOR BERLIOZ
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner – conductor
Bror Magnus Tødenes – tenor
Edvard Grieg Choir
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Collegiûm Mûsicûm Choir
Royal Northern College of Music Choir
Håkon Matti Skrede – choir master
HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803–1869)
Grande messe des morts, op. 5
1. Requiem et Kyrie
2. Dies irae; Tuba Mirum
3. Quid sum miser
4. Rex tremendae
5. Quaerens me
10. Agnus Dei
Please note: No interval during this concert.
Performed in Latin and subtitled in Norwegian.
Presented by the Bergen International Festival, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Bergen National Opera.