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Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, written in response to the devastation of both World Wars, premiered in 1962.
November 10, 2013 Britten's response to the collective bloodshed of the 20th century remains as vital and visceral as it was when his Requiem premiered more than 50 years ago. It was commissioned for the reconsecration of Britain's Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed by a Nazi bomb raid in 1940.
March 18, 2008 In J.S. Bach's day, in Leipzig, the musical event of the season came on Good Friday, when parishioners could hear the passion story told in music. Tenor Ian Bostridge and conductor Ton Koopman join others in a guided tour of Bach's St. Matthew Passion.
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October 14, 2004 NPR's Robert Siegel talks with tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes about the song cycle "Winterreise," or Winter's Journey. Bostridge and Andsnes have recorded the set of 24 moody and emotional songs by Franz Schubert on a recent CD on the EMI Classics label. They've also teamed on two other CDs pairing Schubert songs with solo piano sonatas. They're currently on tour, performing Winterreise this Saturday at Carnegie Hall.
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