Mass in B Minor: "A Birthday Tribute to Bach" at Jordan Hall, March 21, 2014 -- click for Reviews
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00pm All Saints Parish, Brookline
Carolina Friberg, soprano
Paul Max Tipton, baritone
Barbara Bruns and Carolyn Skelton, piano
Nicholas White, conductor
Due to rehearsals being disrupted by the recent winter storms, we have decided to postpone the program of Sacred German Music for Double Choir until October 2015. In its place, we are thrilled to offer a performance of Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Featured soloists will be Carolina Friberg, soprano, and Paul Max Tipton, baritone. The chorus will be accompanied in Brahms’s version with piano duet by pianists Barbara Bruns and Carolyn Skelton.
Ein Deutsches Requiem, also known as "A German Requiem," considered the central work of Brahms's career, was based on texts from the Lutheran Bible and the Apocryphal King James Bible. The work developed from a choral piece to a cantata, and finally into the seven-movement Requiem for chorus, soloists, and orchestra. Brahms's four-hand piano duet score was based on a piano score he arranged for the piece at the time he composed it, but was first performed with all seven movements in 1871 at the London home of Sir Henry Thompson. In contrast to many Requiem Masses, Brahms's setting focuses not so much on those who have died as on we who are living. The piece is rich with themes of humanity and the fragility of life, together with words of comfort and hope.