Saturday, 20 March 2010

A very German requiem


Ein deutsches Requiem, Op.45 (Johannes Brahms)
It’s never too early to think about what music you wish to have played at your funeral – if they give you one or a memorial service or whatever. Ein deutsches Requiem is my pick.
A German Requiem was Brahms’ elegy for the living. I was so lucky to see it performed on Friday at the Barbican, a magically evening. Cried through most of the second movement. Thank you (so much).
It was paired with Martinů's Fifth Symphony; the Brahms's soprano part was sung by the wonderful Ana María Martínez.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek