Ein deutsches Requiem
A sumptuous sacred work, born of the epic inspiration of one of the masters of Romanticism
Brahms had just turned 30 when he began composing his German Requiem. It was a work in progress from 1854 to 1868. This masterful and profoundly original work is without precedent in the history of German music and bears no resemblance to a traditional requiem. It is more like funeral music, though it is not a true mess for the dead either, hence the importance of the word "a". And the composer wrote that "regarding the title, I must admit that I would be only too happy to remove the word "German" and replace it with "for humanity". For this imposing work imbued with an undeniably universal spirit, Philippe Herreweghe and the combined forces of the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and Collegium Vocale Gent should shine a spotlight on the composer's original message.