November 11, 2018
Concert Archive

Nicholas Lens - "Shell Shock" (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France & Silesia Opera Choir)

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    Nicholas Lens - "Shell Shock" (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France & Silesia Opera Choir)
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie. Paris

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Silesia Choir Opera, the Trinity Boys Choir Soloists & the Compagnie Eastman perform "Shell Shock, A Requiem of War" by Nicholas Lens & Nick Cave, conducted by Bassem Akiki. Concert performed live on 11 November 2018 at the Philharmonie de Paris.

A reference to the widespread war syndrome known as "shell shock", from which suffered (and still suffer to this day) countless soldiers during and after the war, Shell Shock, A Requiem of War by the Belgian composer Nicholas Lens, in collaboration with the Australian poet and musician Nick Cave, is a powerful choreographed cantata giving voice through 12 "cantos" to the (often anonymous or unheard) victims of the First World War, such as nurses and orphans, each expressing in their own way the horrors of the war. An unquestionably dark subject, but not one without hope, as explained by the composer himself: "The creation of Shell Shock is tied to the commemorations of the First World War, but it can also be used as a mirror against war in general, like a symphony for peace", a timeless message of peace similar to Benjamin Britten's famous War Requiem.

Nicholas Lens - "Shell Shock" (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France & Silesia Opera Choir)