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A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms is a unique piece on the borderline between sacred music and a personal reflection of human activity in the world. The composer has written it for a relatively long time under the influence of the death of his mother and the death of Robert Schumann. Therefore it is not a typical Christian funeral mass; in this respect A German Requiem is a deeply personal piece. Also the structure shows no relation to the Ordinary of a requiem composition. It is interesting that Brahms found the energy to write this extensive piece earlier than his Symphony No. 1; the sorrow for the closely related persons was stronger than his desire to tie in with Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies.

The experienced choirmaster of the Vienna State Opera Thomas Lang has visited Bratislava already several times. During his career he studied more than one hundred pieces and cooperated with world-famous conductors, as Zubin Mehta and Seiji Ozawa. The Serbian baritone Stefan Hadžić graduated at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. In 2013 he won the Grand Prix at the International Opera Workshop „Oper Oder-Spree“ in the German Beeskow. The young soprano Jay Yang comes from South Korea.

Slovak Philharmonic
Slovak Philharmonic Choir
James Judd conductor
Thomas Lang choirmaster
Jay Yang soprano
Stefan Hadžić baritone

Johannes Brahms  A German Requiem, Op. 45

Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic
28th March 2019 and 29th March 2019 at 7 pm


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