Brahms Requiem

Sunday 25 Mar 2018, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor

Elsa Dreisig soprano

Michael Kraus baritone

Philharmonia Chorus choir

Brahms Clarinet Quintet

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Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem

When he came to write his Requiem, Brahms chose to do away with the fire and brimstone of divine judgement. Instead, Brahms crafted an incredibly human, spiritually comforting work made for those left behind: ‘Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted’, the work begins.

To open, Steffens, formerly Principal Clarinet in the Berlin Philharmonic, performs Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet with members of the Philharmonia. For his Clarinet Quintet, Brahms’ took formal inspiration from Mozart’s own, written a century previously. His creation is endlessly expressive, spun from a delicate, seemingly unbreakable series of interweaving melodic lines.