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BBC SO Total Immersion: Detlev Glanert

Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch

Detlev Glanert

‘All my music has to do with pictures’ says Germany’s most performed living composer, Detlev Glanert, who opens our Total Immersion series with his outlandish spectacle, Requiem for Hieronymous Bosch.

Glanert is both an exhibitionist man of the theatre and a rooted, unassuming north German who lives by his roots and his country’s musical traditions. His music sings and dances, but behind its raucous excitability and untamed wildness is a rigorous formal and intellectual discipline that ensures the tension never lets up. Satire, colour and immediacy all feed into his eye-widening musical armory, one fully explored in the big-boned Requiem. Before the full forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Singers rip into his Bosch-inspired work, we present a rare opportunity to get up-close with Bosch the artist – a man who, like Glanert, could only generate epic structures by focusing on the tiniest of details.


Available from 19 March. Telephone or in person only.

*Excludes £3 booking fee


Talk: Meet the Composer

6pm, Fountain Room