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Brahms' Requiem

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St John's Smith SquareSmith Square, London, London, Greater London, SW1P 3HA, United Kingdom
On Sunday 18 March 2018 at 19:00
Islington Choral Society
Camden Symphony Orchestra
Michael BowdenConductor

Brahms’ German Requiem is not a musical setting of the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead but more a Requiem to console the living, an appeal to God for comfort. When first performed it received mixed receptions, applauded in some towns but received badly in others. It is recognised today as one of the truly great choral masterworks and one of Brahms best known works.

The Requiem was inspired by the death of Brahms’ mentor Robert Schumann and then, during composition, the death of his mother. The work consists of seven movements which draw on the Beatitudes, Psalm 39 and 84 and various texts from the Old and New Testaments as well as the Apocrypha. The mood is variously dark, restrained, joyful, comforting and consoling.

Islington Choral Society, founded over 40 years ago and now with 150 members, continues to maintain strong community roots in Islington. The choir has performed many of the great choral works in venues in London and abroad. Recent performances have included Verdi's "Requiem", Vaughan Williams' "The Sea Symphony", Bach's "St John's Passion", Berstein's "Chichester Psalms" and Elgar's Spirit of England. The choir has toured in Italy, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic in recent years.

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