24 October 2013 at 7.30pm
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester|
Manchester M1 5HA
44 (0) 161 907 9000
Markus Stenz conductor | Carolyn Sampson soprano | Neal Davies bass-baritone | Hallé Choir
This event celebrates The Royal Philharmonic Society Bicentenary 1813-2013.
Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz has forged a strong relationship with the Hallé Choir and here directs one of the great masterpieces of the choral repertoire, Brahms’s German Requiem. Its title aside, the work has an appeal that transcends both national boundaries and religious beliefs (Brahms even considered naming it a ‘Human Requiem’) and it remains a deeply moving experience for audiences everywhere. While its musical language is unmistakably that of Brahms, it also looks back to Bach and to the composers of the Renaissance. Brahms’s progression from suffering to eventual consolation is thus both dramatically and musically fascinating. Wolfgang Rihm is a composer who never fails to confound and enthral. The concert opens with his Tribute (Über die Linie VIII), an homage to Benjamin Britten commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and given its world premiere by Sir Mark and the Hallé at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival.
Wolfgang Rihm : A Tribute (Über die Linie VIII)
Johannes Brahms : A German Requiem
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