It has become a tradition that the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir performs Johannes Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” in its chamber music version for choir, two soloists and four-handed piano in the run up to Easter.
“Ein Deutsches Requiem” is possibly Brahms’ main work, a deeply personal work, perhaps written under the impression of the loss of his mother or the death of Robert Schumann.
The work, which is in seven movements, is not intended as a liturgical – i.e. ecclesiastical – work, but rather a universally comforting work. The text is also not the usual Latin Requiem setting, but rather a German version of the same texts, taken from Luther’s Bible translation.
Where the Latin Requiem Mass usually begins with a prayer for the dead, Brahms begins his work with a prayer for the living: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.
The choral movements are both moving and powerful, with beautiful and reflective contributions by the two soloists before the work ends in the blessing for the Dead.
The concert will be performed by:
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
Rikke Sandberg (piano)
Emil Gryesten (piano)
Conductor: Mogens Dahl
Maria Demerus (soprano)
Renè Bloice-Sanders (baryton)