Mahler 2 at the Proms
The Philharmonia Chorus will appear at the 2014 BBC Proms season in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No.2 'Resurrection' on Friday 29 August.
The Chorus will be joining soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, the Swedish Radio Choir and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in a performance conducted by Daniel Harding.
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.
Gladiator Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Ridley Scott's sword and sandals 2000 epic Gladiator was presented live in concert for the first time in the UK as Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard's sweeping score was brought to life by the Philharmonia Orchestra [Philharmonia Film Orchestra on Saturday 24 May] and the Philharmonia Chorus conducted by Justin Freer, with Lisa Gerrard appearing as a guest vocalist.
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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
'From the first unaccompanied entry it was clear that the interpretation of Verdi’s Requiem, given by the Orchestra of Valencia in the Palau de la Musica yesterday evening, Friday 13th June, and dedicated to the memory of the lately-lamented Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, would revolve around the choir: a choir absolutely out of the top drawer, the Philharmonia Chorus.'
Fernando López Vargas-Machuca
14 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
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