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Sat, Aug. 27, 2022, 8.00 pm | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall

1st Academy Concert

Kent Nagano

Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem op. 45 (Version of the Bremen premiere)

Conductor: Kent Nagano
Soprano and Alto: Kate Lindsey
Baritone: Jóhann Kristinsson
Violin: Veronika Eberle
Hamburger Chöre
Chor der KlangVerwaltung
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

The fact that one of the most famous works by Johannes Brahms was not premiered on the River Elbe, but on the River Weser’s banks, may undermine Hamburg’s self-image as the great composer’s hometown to this day. During the 19th and 20th centuries, however, Hamburg developed a veritable tradition of performances of the Deutsches Requiem on Penance Day – a tradition fostered not least by the Hansa City’s great choral tradition. The Philharmonic Orchestra was involved in a great many of these performances, including its first rendition in Hamburg in 1869. Kent Nagano now adds another interpretation to these 150 years of performance history, presenting the work with various choruses form Hamburg in the version performed in 1868, when it had its world premiere at Bremen’s Cathedral under the composer’s own baton: with interpolations of works and solo arias by Bach, Handel, Tartini and Schumann, and without the fifth movement, which had not been completed at that point. The reconstruction was made possible at the initiative and with the musicological help of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sandberger of the Brahms Institute at the Lübeck Music Academy. Both performances of the work will be recorded for release as part of the Brahms CD cycle which Kent Nagano is preparing with the Philharmonic State Orchestra.

Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 83,00 / 65,00 / 51,00 / 36,00 / 14,00

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