april, 2020

05apr20:00Event CancelledCANCELLED - Brahm's: Ein Deutsches Requiem20:00 Entré: Admission: DKK 275 / students 175 (fees included)


Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
Tanja Zapolski, piano
Rikke Sandberg, piano
Mogens Dahl, conductor

Maria Demérus, soloist

David Wijkman, soloist

Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020 at 20:00
Holmen’s Church, Copenhagen
Admission: DKK 275 / students 175 (fees included)


Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897):
Ein Deutsches Requiem, opus 45.
Arranged for soloists, choir and two performers on one piano by Phillip Moll


As you know, there are three big B’s in the world of composing. Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Of course, every season, these three masters are given significant prominence in our concert programme.


The last B has even been given its very own fixed performance: Brahms’ requiem in Phillip Moll’s edition has become a stable part of Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir’s spring programme.


It is not without reason that this magnificent work has always had a large fan base. It is melodic, warm and elegant; composed by Brahms at the peak of his abilities.


In 2017, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir was granted permission by Rundfunkchor Berlin to use their new arrangement, written for choir and two performers on one piano. It has also previously been performed in this set-up – including by Brahms himself – but, especially in recent years, there has been a growing interest in exploring the requiem in a sleek, chamber music version where Brahms’ fantastic work on the voices of the choir is given its proper place of prominence.


Ein Deutsches Requiem consists of seven movements, all of which revolve around conveying a comfort to the survivors. Perhaps Brahms composed the work as a way of coping with the grief associated with the deaths of people close to him: His mother died in 1865, when he began the work, and his friend, Robert Schumann, had died a few years before that.


By the same token, Schumann had planned exactly what Brahms now undertook, namely a requiem in the German language. ‘German’ in the title of the work In fact refers to the language and not the German people. Brahms himself has said that he would gladly have called his requiem for ‘Ein menschliches Requiem’ if this had made his intention any clearer.


Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem is performed by Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, two Danish pianists, Rikke Sandberg and Tanja Zapolski, and two Swedish soloists, soprano Mette Demérus and baritone David Wijkman.

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