Sir Simon Rattle (photo: Monika Rittershaus)

Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Modern works with Simon Rattle

György Ligeti was inspired by the vivid text of the Catholic mass for the dead to write one of the great choral works of the 20th century. Both his apocalyptic Requiem and his orchestral work Apparitions make use of an intense, exciting tonal idiom, which can be heard during the Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Sir Simon Rattle as conductor. There is a subtle connection with the other works on this programme. Both Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s caustically humorous Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu and Bohuslav Martinů’s neoromantic Viola Concerto, with soloist Amihai Grosz, make covert reference to requiem settings by other composers.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Amihai Grosz viola

Makeda Monnet soprano

Donatienne Michel-Dansac mezzo-soprano

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Bernd Alois Zimmermann

Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu

Bohuslav Martinů

Rhapsody Concerto for viola and orchestra

Amihai Grosz viola

György Ligeti

Apparitions

György Ligeti

Requiem

Makeda Monnet soprano , Donatienne Michel-Dansac mezzo-soprano , Rundfunkchor Berlin choir

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Sir Simon Rattle (photo: Monika Rittershaus)