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    Ein deutsches Requiem

    Johannes Brahms 

    Brahms and Ein deutsches Requiem launch the 50th season of Sunday Morning Concerts in powerful style.

    Photo de la Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris © Léonard de Serres
    Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris © Léonard de Serres

    Claire Désert | piano
    Tanguy de Williencourt | piano
    Chœur et solistes de la Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris
    Henri Chalet | direction  

    Mozart, Berlioz, Verdi, and Fauré, to name but a few, have written masses for the dead in Latin, staying true to the sacrosanct Gregorian tradition. But Brahms broke the mould by composing a requiem in his mother tongue around passages from the Lutheran Bible. Although the initial idea came to him after the death of his mentor Schumann, he did not resume work on it until his mother died nine years later. Despite the weight of his grief, the funeral ode delivered a message of hope: “Blessed are those who suffer, for they shall be comforted,” sing the choir of Notre Dame supported by Claire Désert and Tanguy de Williencourt. Rather than address God, Johannes Brahms comforts the living, in a requiem on a human scale. 

    Coréalisation Jeanine Roze Production | Théâtre des Champs-Elysées