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Nov 22


Rom, Basilika San Paolo fuori le mura
21:00 Uhr

Our orchestra has been invited to participate in this prestigious sacred music festival and play two concerts in the Vatican’s papal Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, erected over the burial place of the apostle Paul. The first evening’s programme features the popular "German Requiem" by Brahms, which he completed in 1868 after a protracted composition process – and of which Vienna’s leading critic Eduard Hanslick said: "Nothing able to compete with Brahms' German Requiem has been written since Bach's Mass in B minor and Beethoven's Missa solemnis!” As Brahms was a religious free spirit, he did not compose this moving work as a Latin Mass for the dead, and in fact originally wanted to call it a "Human Requiem”. He selected various German verses from the Old and New Testament, setting them to stunning music that “grips one’s whole being as little else can.” In our second concert, we will perform the final symphony of another major composer: Anton Bruckner. Bruckner penned numerous works that express his deep religious beliefs. When speaking to a clergyman, he once said, touchingly: "God has shown His mercy to me among thousands and gifted this talent to me and no other. One day, I will have to answer to him. How should I stand before our Lord God if I had followed others and not him!" According to oral tradition, he thus also dedicated the Ninth, the culmination of his symphonic career, "to dear God" – fervently hoping that the Creator would accept his musical gift.

Jakub Hrůša Conductor
Christina Landshamer Soprano
Konstantin Krimmel Baritone

Johannes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem op. 45