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Mozart's Requiem with Classical Opera

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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

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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

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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.

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Recent Reviews

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Mozart - Requiem
The 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

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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

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Verdi - Messa da Requiem
Orquesta 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

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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

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Concerts & Recordings

  • Fri 13 Jun 2014 7:30PM

    Verdi - Messa da Requiem

    Maria Guleghina - soprano
    Nancy Fabiola Herrera - mezzo-soprano
    César Augusto Gutiérrez - tenor
    Enrico Irori - bass

    Philharmonia Chorus
    Orquesta de Valencia
    conducted by Yaron Traub

    Palau de la Música, Valencia, Spain

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  • Fri 29 Aug 2014 7:30PM

    Mahler - Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'

    Kate Royal - soprano
    Christianne Stotijn- mezzo-soprano
    Swedish Radio Choir
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    conducted by Daniel Harding

    BBC Promenade Concert
    BBC Radio 3 live relay

    Royal Albert Hall, London

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  • Sat 27 Sep 2014 7:30PM

    Beethoven - Symphony No.9

    Lisa Milne - soprano
    Jennifer Johnston - mezzo-soprano
    Barry Banks - tenor
    Neal Davies - bass
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    conducted by Christopher Warren-Green

    Royal Albert Hall, London

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  • Wed 8 Oct 2014 7:30PM

    Haydn - Insanae et vanae curae Mozart - Requiem

    Sophie Bevan - soprano
    Sarah Connolly - mezzo soprano
    John Mark Ainsley - tenor
    Darren Jeffrey - bass
    Philharmonia Chorus
    The Orchestra of Classical Opera
    conducted by Ian Page

    Barbican Hall, London

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  • Sat 29 Nov 2014 8:00PM

    Bruckner - Te Deum

    Oxford Philomusica
    Philharmonia Chorus
    conducted by Marios Papadopoulos

    The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

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  • Wed 17 Dec 2014 7:30PM

    Christmas with King's College, Cambridge

    Susana Gaspar - soprano
    Ben McAteer - baritone
    Choir of King's College, Cambridge
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Stephen Cleobury

    Royal Albert Hall,London

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  • Tue 13 Jan 2015 7:30PM

    Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral'

    Natalya Romaniw - soprano
    Anne-Marie Owens - mezzo soprano
    Robert Murray - tenor
    Willard White - bass
    The KPMG Choir
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Michael Collins

    A charity concert in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK
    Classic FM live relay

    Royal Festival Hall, London

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  • Wed 1 Apr 2015 7:30PM

    Easter at King's

    Works TBC
    Soloists TBC
    Philharmonia Chorus
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    conducted by Stephen Cleobury

    Easter at King's Festival

    Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

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  • Fri 29 May 2015 7:30PM

    Mahler - Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'

    Emöke Barath, soprano
    Nathalie Stutzmann, mezzo-soprano
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Orquesta de Valencia
    conducted by Yaron Traub

    Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música, Valencia

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  • Sat 30 May 2015 7:30PM

    Mahler - Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'

    Emöke Barath, soprano
    Nathalie Stutzmann, mezzo-soprano
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Orquesta de Valencia
    conducted by Yaron Traub

    Auditorio de la Diputación,  Alicante

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