Mozart's Requiem with Classical Opera
The Philharmonia Chorus made its debut with the Orchestra of Classical Opera at the Barbican on Wednesday 8 October. Ian Page conducted a performance of Mozart's Requiem, with soloists Sophie Bevan, Sarah Connolly, John Mark Ainsley and Darren Jeffrey, preceded in the first half of the concert by Haydn's motet 'Insanae et vanae curae'.
Mahler 2 at the Proms
The Philharmonia Chorus appeared at the 2014 BBC Proms season in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No.2 'Resurrection' on Friday 29 August.
The Chorus joined soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, the Swedish Radio Choir and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in a performance conducted by Daniel Harding. The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and will be available on the BBC iPlayer until 28 September. It will be re-broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 10 September at 14.00.
Verdi Requiem in Valencia
The Philharmonia Chorus made its debut with the Orquesta de Valencia in the Palau de la Música, Valencia on Friday 13 June.
A performance of Verdi's Messa da Requiem was conducted by the orchestra's principal conductor Yaron Traub, with soprano Maria Guleghina, mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera, tenor César Augusto Gutiérrez and bass Enrico Iori.
Mozart - RequiemThe Orchestra of Classical Opera conducted by Ian Page
Barbican, 8 October 2014 12 / 10 / 2014
'Page had assembled a quartet of soloists fit to grace any opera stage; indeed, they invested their solos with a fervour that wouldn’t have been out of place in the opera house. Soprano Sophie Bevan and mezzo Sarah Connolly radiated light while tenor John Mark Ainsley was ardent and bass Darren Jeffery sonorous. Fine as they were, they were outshone by the Philharmonia Chorus, easily outnumbering the orchestral players and at times threatening to blast it from the stage. It sang with a lusty intensity that was at times overwhelming; if heaven wasn’t quite stormed, it wasn’t because of any lack of choral power."
Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard, 9 October 2014
Mahler - Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 August 2014 2 / 09 / 2014
The combined Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus was as responsive to the drama of the work as the orchestra. Its first entry was marked with a solemn, sepulchral hush, but still with wonderfully focussed tone quality.
Curtis Rogers - www.classicalsource.co.uk
The Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus were superbly focused, especially in their almost inaudible hushed singing.
Hilary Finch - The Times
The choral singing – from the combined forces of the Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus – was glorious in its warmth and fervour.
Tim Ashley - Guardian
The hushed voices of the Swedish Radio Choir and the Philharmonia Chorus were so well blended that their impact was enhanced: an image of vast panoramas and repose...
Anne Ozorio - http://www.operatoday.com
...the Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus were on fine form; one could have taken dictation from them.
Mark Berry - http://seenandheard-international.com
....the combined forces of the Swedish Radio Choir and the Philharmonia Chorus produced a magical sound, the rich timbre matched with impressively tight control for such a large vocal ensemble.
Jack Johnson - http://bachtrack.com
Verdi - Messa da RequiemOrquesta da Valencia conducted by Yaron Traub
Sala Iturbi, Palau de la Música, Valencia, 13 June 2014 17 / 07 / 2014
'The value of such a choir is unquestionable. Many fine choirs have sung at the Palau, but few like this one. The impact made by the interweaving of the one hundred plus voices in the Sanctus, for example – a combination of power and agility – was immediately exceeded by the lesson in clarity and purposefulness of phrasing in the Agnus Dei.'
Alfredo Brotons, Levante - El Mercantil Valenciano
15 June 2014
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