Brahms - A German Requiem
Requiem op. 144b (1915) - Max Reger (1873-1916)
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 (ca. 1710) - J.S.Bach (1685-1750) arr. Max Reger
Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45 (1865-8) - Brahms Johannes (1833-97)
Northampton Bach Choir
Becky Bottone - soprano
Gwion Thomas - baritone
William Thallon & Ivan Linford - Piano Duet
Lee Dunleavy - Conductor
Our second concert in the great 'B' series - which began with Berlioz's "Grande Messe des Morts" and concludes with Bruckner's "Mass in E minor" (alongside a selection of his motets and organ music), Ludwig van Beethoven's "Missa solemnis", and Bach's "St John Passion", continues with Brahms's "Ein deutsches Requiem".
Sung in the original German, with the composer's own reimagining of the orchestral accompaniment as piano duet, the choir put this greatly-loved choral masterpiece in perspective, with music closely studied by Brahms - Bach's great organ Passacaglia - itself reimagined as piano duet by Max Reger, whose own Requiem, setting a poem by Friedrich Hebbel (1813-63), opens the concert.
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