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Sat 10 Nov 2018

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Brahms: A German Requiem

Time: 7:45pm

Admission: £11 - £41

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Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Brahms A German Requiem

Marin Alsop conductor
Elizabeth Watts soprano
Samuel Hasselhorn baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A Requiem for the masses.

To mark Armistice Day, we perform Brahms’ epic German Requiem, the landmark moment in the composer’s career.

Music written for the Requiem Mass was usually performed in Latin. But Brahms broke the mould with this colossal, controversial German-language masterpiece. Not only did it speak directly to the people, it also approached death from more of a humanistic perspective. It’s less a lament for the dead as music offering consolation for those left behind.

For the first time, we’re also performing Vaughan Williams’ mystical Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Written in a period of national introspection when English composers were unearthing forgotten treasures from the 16th and 17th centuries, it’s unusual orchestration creates a haunting, timeless effect, perfectly suited to our period strings.

We welcome back Marin Alsop, who conducted A German Requiem with the Orchestra to critical acclaim at the BBC Proms in 2013.

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One Comment

  • Thank you a wonderful and moving concert. I cannot think of a more moving way to mark the ending of the Great War 100 years ago Art and music are universal Wheher the great composition of Brahms or Vaughan Williams who served on the Western Front.
    Well done to all involved

    Tim Parry Sat Nov 10 2018