From its first performance Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem was immediately recognised as a masterpiece of exceptional vision, confirming Brahms’ reputation as a composer of international stature. Brahms drew his texts from the Lutheran Bible – texts that emphasise faith in the Resurrection and comfort to the living.
The work’s seven movements are arranged in a palindrome around the central fourth movement - the celebrated 'Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen', which marks a shift from the solemnity of the first three movements to the certainty of comfort in the last three. Ein Deutsches Requiem is performed here in a version created by Brahms featuring a two-piano accompaniment.
Bach exerted a profound influence on Brahms and his motet Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227 uses the same palindromic structure to unify its strongly-characterised musical ideas.
For this performance we are thrilled to be joined by Andrea Katz and Dean Sky-Lucas as our duo pianists, alongside soprano soloist Erika Tandiono and bass-baritone soloist Nicholas Dinopoulos.
Gloriana Chamber Choir directed by Andrew Raiskums
Sunday 4 March 2:30pm
Bookings: trybooking.com/book/event?eid=335641 or call 0409802892
We look forward to seeing you there!