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BBC Proms: Brahms's A German Requiem

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On Saturday, Aug. 31 at 5 pm, WQXR broadcasts the seventh in a series of performances from the BBC Proms festival in London.

American conductor Marin Alsop, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and an 80-strong chorus explores Brahms’s 1868 masterpiece in the context of his relationship with Robert Schumann and Schumann’s widow, Clara. Sacred but non-liturgical, A German Requiem is one of the most powerful works for choir and orchestra. Schumann’s Fourth Symphony and Brahms’s Tragic Overture act as preludes to a work of great seriousness.

Program Details:

Brahms: Tragic Overture
Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor


Brahms: A German Requiem

Rachel Harnisch, soprano
Henk Neven, baritone
Choir of the Enlightenment
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Marin Alsop, conductor