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Philharmonischer Chor Berlin & Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt Oder: Schubert and Poulenc at Philharmonie Berlin

About the Event

Hear masterworks by Schubert and Poulenc performed by the Philharmonischer Chor Berlin, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt (Oder) and outstanding soloists under the baton of Florian Benfer.

In his six‐part Gloria, 1959, Francis Poulenc set the text with great freshness and liveliness, so that critical voices already saw it as bordering on sacrilege. He countered, 'When I wrote it, I thought of Italian frescoes with angels sticking out their tongues, and also of some solemn‐looking Benedictine monks I saw one day playing soccer.' His humor, his love of life, are revealed at their very best in the Gloria, which is as solemn as it is exuberant. The Mass in E‐flat major, written in 1828, the last year of Franz Schubert's life, is considered his most impressive sacred composition. A dominant choir, orchestra and soloists in more of an accompanying role — our fans are in for a real treat!

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