We're listening to the 20th century.
Throughout 2013, the London Philharmonic Orchestra appears as the major orchestral partner in Southbank Centre’s year-long, multi-art-form festival The Rest Is Noise. The festival looks at the key works of the 20th century through a wide lens, taking in the political happenings, social movements, cultural climates and personal stories that gave rise to these inspiring and sometimes controversial pieces of music.
The LPO's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski introduces the orchestra's new season of concerts at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. We open with three concerts as part of the global Britten Centenary celebrations, including War Requiem. In this podcast, Jurowski describes this powerful anti-war work, written for the consecration of Coventry Cathedral in 1962. The work sets the traditional Latin Requiem Mass alongside poems by the war poet Wilfred Owen.
Featured recording: Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde / Neze