Ein deutsches Requiem
Saturday 23 November 2019 at 7:30pm
  Date:  Saturday 23 November 2019
  Time: 7:30pm
  Venue:  St Matthew’s Church, Kettering Road, Northampton, NN1 4RY
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Brahms’s masterpiece is called a ‘German' Requiem because Brahms set texts from the Lutheran Bible, rather than the more commonly used liturgical Latin text of the Mass for the Dead. This was his first major success, the soprano solo adding remarkable tenderness and sorrow, feelings prompted by the death of his mother in 1865. This performance of Ein Deutsches Requiem (1865-68) will be sung in the original German, and will be our first opportunity to utilise the new grand piano in St Matthew’s Church, the purchase of which we helped to fund. Brahms himself arranged the work for soprano and baritone soloists, choir, and piano duet. To put Brahms’s masterpiece in context, we will hear music which inspired him - Bach’s Passacaglia in C minor, originally for organ solo, but arranged by Max Reger for piano duet - and music which was inspired by him - Reger’s Requiem (again, not a setting of the Latin text, but of a short poem by Friedrich Hebbel.


Northampton Bach Choir

Conductor -
Lee Dunleavy
Soprano -
Rebecca Bottone
Baritone - Gwion Thomas

Piano Duet - William Thallon and Ivan Linford

Requiem, op. 144b - Max Reger (1873-1916)
arr. for piano duet accompaniment* by Lee Dunleavy
(from Reger’s own piano solo reduction)

Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582) - J. S. Bach (1685-1750).
arr. for piano duet by Reger


Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45 - Johannes Brahms (1833-97)
arr. for piano duet accompaniment by the composer