“War Requiem” with a singing association and combined orchestral forces: particularly haunting in the chamber music field.
What is festival worthy? The extraordinary, the special. Sometimes also in the external circumstances. As early as 2020, the festival wanted to introduce its “Ouverture spirituelle” with Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem”, together with Schönberg’s “Peace on Earth”: as a symbol for the historical festival peace project. Two world wars and all the crimes against humanity and humanity connected with them lie between Schönberg’s ecstatic chorus chromaticism on the edge of tonality and Britten’s large-format, pacifist commemoration of the victims of all nations, composed during the Cold War.