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Brahms / Un requiem allemand

Orchestre de Paris - Simone Young - Elza van den Heever - Wolfgang Koch - Chœur de l’Orchestre de Paris
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie
Duration: about 1h26


Alban Berg
Sept Mélodies de jeunesse
Johannes Brahms
Un Requiem allemand


Orchestre de Paris
Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris
Simone Young, conducting
Elza van den Heever , soprano
Wolfgang Koch, baryton

A programme that puts the voice in the spotlight, with a masterpiece of post-romantic expressiveness, Berg’s Early Songs, and a monument in the sacred repertoire, Brahms’s A German Requiem.  

The eternal motifs of the ‘Lied culture’, as emblematized by Schubert, can all be found in these seven pieces by Berg: love, as they all depict the beauty of conjugal life (Im Zimmer); nature (Schilflied); nostalgia (Sehnsucht); the night (Nacht); and reverie (Traumgekrönt), etc. Berg’s lyrical vocal line is backed by a warm orchestra, the polyphonic complexity of which foreshadows that in the later operatic dramas Wozzeck and Lulu

In counterpoint to these seven gems are the seven parts of Brahms’s A German Requiem, whose moments of majestic spirituality are a departure from the dramatic effects often used in requiem music, instead imbuing it with choral majesty and elevated philosophy. Written in memory of the composer’s mother, it is also a tribute to the German language, in pure Lutheran tradition, although Brahms himself emphasised its universality: German, yes, but above all human


With support from the CHANEL Fund for Women in the Arts and Culture

Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie

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221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris

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