Photo: Jan-Olav Wedin
Florian Benfer. Foto: Oskar Henn
Ein deutsches Requiem
In the spirit of light and trust. Music by Johannes Brahms and Ludvig Norman.
Saturday 30 October 2021 15.00Ends approximately 16.30
Johannes Brahms compiled biblical texts as he saw fit into A German Requiem, and deviated from the content of the traditional Roman Catholic funeral mass. Brahms’ requiem is also among the works in the genre that ultimately became mainly a concert piece. A German Requiem is not a mass for the dead, but for the living. Here, the music is performed in a version for choir, soloists, two pianos and timpani.
First, we will hear music by Swedish Ludvig Norman, a contemporary of Brahms. Norman was one of the musical greats of his era. From the late 1870s, when this piece was composed (ten years after Brahms’ Requiem), he dedicated himself entirely to composition. Jordens Oro Viker (“Earth’s Unrest Recedes”) is not a requiem, but it is music about death and just as with Brahms’ piece, it is in the spirit of light and trust. With this theme, Brahms and Norman alike may both inspire us to lift our gazes in times of personal worry.
The musicApproximate times
Ludvig Norman Jordens oro viker for chorus a cappella5 min
Johannes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem arr Heinrich Poos73 min
- Eric Ericsons Kammarkör
- Florian Benfer conductor
- Hanna Husáhr soprano
- Helgi Reynisson baritone
- Terés Löf piano
- Johan Ullén piano
- Mika Takehara timpani