MOGENS DAHL CHAMBER CHOIR
ELIN SKORUP, SOPRANO
LARS MØLLER, BARYTONE
TANJA ZAPOLSKI AND RIKKE SANDBERG, PIANO
MOGENS DAHL, CONDUCTOR
With this concert, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir marks the 150 anniversary of the first complete performance of Brahms’ Requiem, which took place on Good Friday 1868 in the Bremen Cathedral, conducted by Brahms himself.
Brahms stood out as the leading composer of his generation while fundamentally reinventing traditional requiems. Despite his religious background, Brahms wanted first and foremost to create a man-centred work. Instead of the traditional mass parts, he selected a number of Bible texts in his mother tongue, German, focusing on care for the surviving relatives. “Blessed” sounds again and again. The music is strong and comforting, driven by great tenderness and fervour.
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897):
Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45, arr. for solists, choir and four handed piano by Phillip Moll