Ein deutsches Requiem in Hamburg
On 22 and 23 March, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in two performances of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem in the Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, with soprano Chen Reiss, baritone Christian Gerhaher, and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Tate. These are some of the reactions on Facebook and Twitter:
'By far the best performance of Brahms I have ever heard. The concert on Sunday was even better than on Saturday. Thank you and see you soon hopefully.'
'Der Chor ist fantastisch.'
'The work has never sounded like this. What a magnificent chorus! '
Listen to the performance given on Sunday 23 March:
VII. Selig sind die Toten
Szymanowski Stabat Mater in King's College, Cambridge
On Good Friday, April 18, the Philharmonia Chorus will take part in a performance of Szymanowski's Stabat Mater in Polish in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, as part of the 2014 Easter at King's Festival, with Polish soloists Aleksandra Zamojska (soprano), Anna Radziejewska (alto), Jarosław Bręk (baritone).
The Chorus will also perform the Lacrymosa by Lutosławski in a programme that also includes The Protecting Veil by John Tavener. The BBC Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Stephen Cleobury, and the concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Mahler 2 recording 'the one to take away'
The new recording of Symphony No.2 ‘Resurrection’ by Gustav Mahler with soprano Miah Persson, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, the Philharmonia Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander was regarded as the 'one to take away' in a comparison of recent releases of the symphony on BBC Radio 3's CD Review on Saturday 22 March. The recording is available from Linn Records.
The Philharmonia Chorus was prepared by chorus master Stefan Bevier, and the recording was made in Watford Colosseum under the supervision of recording engineer Robert Friedrich and his team.
Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Tate
Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, 22 and 23 March 2014 24 / 03 / 2014
Brilliant Brahms ...the 120 singers from London sang with such dedication that even the notorious 'Zischlaute' of the German language rang out with musical brightness'
'The brilliantly prepared chorus under Stefan Bevier carries the burden of the work. It was as if the members of the Philharmonia Chorus wanted to present their President, Jeffrey Tate, with a gift of joy with their resounding presence and vocal accuracy throughout. Even at full volume they never compromised the dignity of the work and had an impressive range of dynamics at their disposal.'
Hamburger Abendblatt, 24 March 2014
Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem
Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons
Royal Festival Hall, London, 23 February 2014
24 / 02 / 2014
'...many expressive nuances masterfully elicited from the Philharmonia Chorus..'
Curtis Rogers, www.classicalsource.com, 24 February 2014
'....the Philharmonia Chorus sang out with full-bodied resonance...
Jim Pritchard, www.seenandheard-international.com, 24 February 2014
Poulenc - Gloria
Ravel - Daphnis et Chloé
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit
Royal Festival Hall, London, 12 February 2014
13 / 02 / 2014
'...and the Philharmonia Chorus, powerfully communicative, vibrant, and very together, continued its renaissance under the preparatory guidance of the estimable Stefan Bevier..'
Colin Anderson, www.classicalsource.com, 14 February 2014
Verdi - Requiem
Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti
Royal Festival Hall, London, 20 April 2013
21 / 04 / 2013
An outstanding Verdi Requiem - 'Every once in a while, I hear a concert that grips me from the first note and doesn’t let go until the very last... When the chorus sang of trembling before the judge on judgement day, the sibilance of “discussurus” sent shivers up your spine.. I could name a dozen more instances where the word setting came through with extraordinary power... Throughout the work, the chorus produced a sensational amount of sound, doing so with clear diction and well defined variation of expression.'
David Karlin, www.bachtrack.com, 21 April 2013
Verdi Requiem specialists deliver a memorable performance - 'The Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus phrased like the old alliance we know them to be from the days when Carlo Maria Guilini first brought a truly Italianate Verdi Requiem to the capital.'
Edward Seckerson, www.theartsdesk.com, 21 April 2013
'.....the response from the Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra was beyond reproach, the Chorus continuing to benefit from Stefan Bevier’s preparatory skills.'
Colin Anderson, www.classicalsource.com, 21 April 2013
'The Philharmonia Chorus were on blistering form throughout'
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 22 April 2013
Daniele Gatti leads a tremendous Verdi Requiem '...the superbly balanced chorus gave the sense of something afoot that none could foresee... Krassimira Stoyanova attained some drama at the recited ‘Libera me’, before the chorus entered with its magnificent counterpoint – all parts clear, despite the massive numbers on display.'
Colin Clarke, www.seenandheard-international.com, 22 April 2013
'With their fine chorus, and under the baton of Daniele Gatti, the Philharmonia gave a grippingly coherent performance of Verdi's Requiem. The performance as a whole had a rare and concentrated focus.'
Hilary Finch, The Times, 23 April 2013
...this gripping performance...
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 28 April 2013