Presented by Bergen International Festival, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Bergen National Opera
Livestream: Berlioz Grande messe des morts
Thursday 24 May 19:30
Live from Grieghallen
Berlioz’ grandiose requiem masterfully mixes the dramatic with the intimate.
Watch the concert live on this page. The transmission starts at 19:25 CEST on Thursday 24 May.
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 Bergen International Festival. ‘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.
‘If I were threatened with the destruction of all my works but one, I should beg mercy for the Requiem.’ – HECTOR BERLIOZ