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BBC Proms: Verdi's Requiem, BBCSO, Bychkov | reviews, news & interviews

BBC Proms: Verdi's Requiem, BBCSO, Bychkov

BBC Proms: Verdi's Requiem, BBCSO, Bychkov

Poplavskaya and choir offered tenderness and terror

As snug as a bug: Verdi's Requiem fits the Albert Hall like a gloveImages by Chris Christodolou

You can't say this about many works but Verdi's Requiem really is as snug as a bug in a rug in the Royal Albert Hall. In which other space could the three moon-like bass drums orbiting the back of the orchestra not look ridiculous? Last night's performance seemed to have all the hallmarks of a classic. Great cast. Three of Britain's great amateur choirs. One of the most talented conductors of his generation. All Bychkov needed to do was mix and stir. Right?

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who, while impressed by the performance, felt strangely unresponsive to the music.

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