Basingstoke Choral Society: Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Basingstoke Choral Society
Croydon Philharmonic Choir
New London Sinfonia
Brahms composed numerous works, but his German Requiem is the only large scale choral work he wrote. It was begun in 1865 and finally completed in 1868 with the addition of a fifth movement. The text does not follow the normal liturgy of a traditional mass but is derived from the Lutheran Bible, hence its name of a ‘German Requiem’. Rather than the solemn words of a religious service it is written more as a work of consolation to comfort and soothe the bereaved.
Basingstoke Choral Society is delighted to be joined, once again, by Croydon Philharmonic Choir, in singing this work of sheer beauty and drama with wonderful melodies to uplift the spirits of the listener.
Baritone Gareth Brynmor John