Sir Simon Rattle: Commemorating WW1

In a unique collaboration, two of the world’s leading orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker came together to mark the centenary of World War 1, performing Butterworth’s Rhapsody on a Shropshire Lad and the final movement of Brahms’s German Requiem conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. The choice of one piece of English repertoire and one German, with the musicians playing together marks the theme that those who met in war now meet in peace. The cemetery in St Symphorien from where the music was broadcast, is a resting place for both German and British soldiers. The choice of music is particularly poignant: George Butterworth died in the trenches in 1916.

The collaboration was recorded for the BBC and broadcast on BBC Two, 4 August 2014: BBC2 World War 1: Remembered from the Battlefield

Musical extracts:

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad: 01:28:58 – 01:36:24
Brahms: A German Requiem (final movement): 01:47:55 – 01:54:20

Article in The Guardian.

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