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Queen Elizabeth II laid the foundation stone of the new Coventry Cathedral in March 1956 and the formal dedication took place in May 1962. Benjamin Britten composed his War Requiem for the occasion and it received its first performance at the ceremony. During the spring of 1961, the Provost of the Cathedral visited the director of the Berlin Philharmonic. It was his wish that, with the opening of the Cathedral, a clear sign of reconciliation, peace and friendship should be made publicly and he extended an invitation. In June 1962, the orchestra gave two concerts as a gift from the city of Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany. Eugen Jochum conducted the first and Sir John Barbirolli the second, with works by Vaughan Williams, Haydn and Brahms. Unfortunately, all that remains of the concert in Coventry is this recording of Brahms's second symphony.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: Coventry Cathedral, England (06/06/1962).
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Works DetailsBrahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
- Conductor: John Barbirolli
- Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic
- Running Time: 42 min. 53 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1877