Berlioz - Grande Messe des Morts
Royal Albert Hall, London
Monday 30th November, 2015
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Brian Wright
Brighton Festival Chorus
Goldsmiths Choral Union
The Grande Messe des Morts is one of Berlioz's best-known works, and is on a massive scale. In addition to the huge choir, the orchestra is enlarged to include 16 timpani, 10 pairs of cymbals, 12 horns, 8 bassoons, and 18 double basses. As if this wasn't enough, Berlioz also requires four separate off-stage brass bands, which will be positioned at intervals around the Royal Albert Hall. The staff there may be worried about the performance causing structural damage to the building!
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