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RECENT EVENTS - Barts Choir - German Requiem

Wednesday 20 November 2013 - 7:30 PM

Barts Choir - German Requiem | Royal Albert Hall

Barts Choir, one of London’s largest regularly performing choirs, returns to the Royal Albert Hall in support of the Eve Appeal, the charity raising funds for research aimed at better detection and improved treatment of gynaecological cancers.

The German Requiem, Brahms’s deeply-felt response to the deaths of his mother and his friend and mentor Robert Schumann, was the first of his works to achieve widespread recognition.  Unlike the Latin Requiem with its prayers for the dead and visions of judgement, it offers consolation for the living and hope of eternal joy, setting texts from the Lutheran bible to music where Brahms infused his maturing style with that of Bach and Handel.  It is preceded by one of Beethoven’s most dramatic overtures, Coriolan, and Dvořák’s joyous Te Deum, written to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of America, and first performed in New York in 1892.

BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Barts Choir

Ivor Setterfield conductor
Alexander Robin Baker baritone
Sophie Bevan Soprano