Prom 47: Brahms – A German Requiem

 

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 3
Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 19:30

 

Marin Alsop conducts the Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Brahms’s monumental and sombre German Requiem.

The piece is framed by works that illuminate Brahms’s relationship with Robert Schumann and his widow, Clara. Brahms’s Tragic Overture opens the concert and is followed by Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D minor.

This work particularly caused contention between Clara Schumann and Brahms. Upon his death, Clara published the Symphony as part of her husband’s complete works in a revised version, but Brahms decided afterwards to promote the original draft of the Symphony, acting directly against Clara’s wishes.

Photo:  © Kym Thomson