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Soprano Soloist in Brahms Requiem

March 17 @ 7:30 pm

CONDUCTOR
Bertrand de Billy

SOLOISTS
Emily Pogorelc, soprano
Jóhann Kristinsson, baritone

CHOIRS
Mótettukórinn choir and Söngsveitin Fílharmónía choir

 

PROGRAM
Olivier Messiaen Les Offrandes oubliées
Johannes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem

 

On February 2, 1865, Johannes Brahms received an urgent telegram from his brother Fritz: “If you want to see our mother once again, come immediately.” At age 76 Brahms’ mother died of a stroke. The loss affected the composer profoundly, and almost immediately he began work on A German Requiem. The requiem mass was a venerable musical genre by the time Brahms began to compose his, but Brahms’ requiem would be unlike any other. Instead of setting the traditional Catholic, Latin text used by Mozart Berlioz, and countless others, Brahms created his own highly personal version from excerpts of the Lutheran Bible and apocrypha. Musically, the requiem was a major milestone in Brahms’ career. Indeed, it would be the longest and most grandly scored piece he would ever write. Few of Brahms’ works display their influences as openly as the German Requiem does; numerous passages clearly evoke the music of Schumann, Beethoven and Bach. At the same time, every measure is unmistakably Brahms. Observe the masterwork in concert with the Iceland Philharmonic in the stunning Harpa Concert Hall.

Details

Date:
March 17
Time:
7:30 pm
Website:
https://en.sinfonia.is/concerts-tickets/a-german-requiem

Venue

Eldborg Concert Hall in Harpa Concert Hall
Austurbakki 2
Reykjavík, 101 Iceland
Website:
https://en.sinfonia.is/visits/harpa

Organizer

Iceland Symphony
Phone:
528-5050
Email:
midasala@harpa.is
Website:
https://en.sinfonia.is