Requiem Special

Thursday, May 4, 2017


Thursday, May 4 at 10:00 CEST | Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem

Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem is known for its secular focus; it is not aimed at God or the afterlife, but at comforting the bereaved in the here and now. As such, Brahms steered clear of the common Latin texts, opting for passages from the Old and New Testaments in Martin Luther’s German translation. In combination with the wonderful music, the piece resulted in one of the most poignant requiems ever written. This broadcast was recorded during Brahms anniversary year of 1997 in the Goldener Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna.      

Conductor: Claudio Abbado  
Performers: Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Berliner Philharmoniker   Soloists: Barbara Bonney, Bryn Terfel  
Producer: EuroArts Music International  
Location: Musikverein, Vienna, Austria  
Year: 1997  

Thursday, May 4 at 12:00 CEST | Fauré - Requiem  

Under the baton of conductor Conrad van Alphen, Sinfonia Rotterdam and Laurenscantorij join forces for a wonderful performance of Gabriel Fauré’s popular Requiem. They are joined by two sublime soloists: Ilse Eerens and Martijn Cornet. In view of the Requiem’s composition process, which took the composer over a decade, the work’s popularity may surprise you - Fauré began the composition in 1887 and did not complete it until 1899. He denies having finished the work as a result of his father’s death, proclaiming that it was “for fun, if I may be permitted to say so”.      

Conductor: Conrad van Alphen  
Performers: Laurens Collegium Rotterdam, Sinfonia Rotterdam
Soloists: Ilse Eerens, Martijn Cornet, Hayo Boerema
Video Director: Max Boeree
Location: De Doelen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands  
Year: 2015 

Thursday, May 4 at 14:00 CEST | Herbert von Karajan Memorial Concert  

No-one has been more important to musical life in post-war Europe than Herbert von Karajan. The Austrian conductor was musical director-for-life at the Berliner Philharmoniker and artistic director of the Wiener Staatsoper through which he was closely involved with the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Salzburg Festival. He regularly directed the Bayreuth Festival and the Lucerne Festival, mentored the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra, and performed at both the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall in New York. Moreover, Karajan played a major role in the development of the CD, overseeing the birth of this new medium and making countless recordings. His death in 1989 marked the end of an era. His successor Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker commemorated him on July 16, 1999 with a concert in the Salzburg Cathedral. On the concert's programme were Mozart's arias "Betrachte dies mein Herz un Frage Mich", KV42 and "Laudate Dominum", KV339, and his beautiful Requiem, completed by Franz Xaver Süszmayr.

Conductor: Claudio Abbado  
Performers: Berliner Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Choir  
Soloists: Karita Mattila, Sara Mingardo, Michael Schade, Bryn Terfel, Rachel Harnisch  
Producer: EuroArts Music International
Video Director: Bob Coles
Location: Salzburg Cathedral, Austria  
Year: 1999  

Thursday, May 4 at 17:00 CEST | Duruflé - Requiem  

Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem was published in France in 1947. Duruflé wrote the composition during a turbulent period (1944) in which the regime was falling apart. After completing the composition, he dedicated it to his father. Duruflé composed his Requiem for choir, soprano, and baritone. The instrumentation varies by performance - there is a version for solo organ, organ and string orchestra and optional trumpet, harp and timpani, and a version for full orchestra. The Requiem is based on Gregorian chants and on an organ suite which Duruflé was working on during the same period. The Requiem consists of nine parts. The best-known part of any requiem, the “Dies Irae”, has been left out. Today’s broadcast features Duruflé’s Requiem as performed in the organ and orchestra version by Het Brabants Orkest.

Conductor: Ed Spanjaard
Performers: Brabant Choir, Het Brabants Orkest  
Soloists: Maarten Koningsberger, Barbara Kozelj  
Producer: Castus  
Video Director: Rob van den Berg  
Location: Saint John's Cathedral, ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Year: 2012 

Thursday, May 4 at 17:45 CEST | Verdi - Requiem  

The Berliner Philharmoniker celebrated Verdi Year 2001 in style. The Italian maestro Claudio Abbado conducted the orchestra along with four renowned soloists (Angela Gheorghiu, Daniela Barcellona, Roberto Alagna and Julian Konstantinov) in Verdi’s Requiem, one of the most impressive compositions of all time.

Conductor: Claudio Abbado  
Performers: Berliner Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Choir  
Soloists: Julian Konstantinov, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Orfeón Donostiarra, Daniela Barcellona  
Producer: EuroArts Music International  
Location: Berliner Philharmonie, Germany  
Year: 2001  

Thursday, May 4 at 21:00 CEST | Berlioz - Grande Messe des morts

“If I was threatened with the destruction of all my works but one, I would save the Requiem,” Berlioz wrote shortly before his death. Berlioz composed his Requiem in 1837, a few years after what has remained his most popular composition ever since its successful premiere: Symphonie fantastique. Berlioz’ Requiem is performed here by the Simon Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, led by conductor Gustavo Dudamel. A revelation “of the highest calibre” proclaimed El Pais, while Toute la Culture declared that the two choirs “set the vaults and columns of Notre-Dame de Paris vibrating”.

Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel  
Performers: Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, The Radio France Chorus   Producer: Unitel Classica  
Video Director: Isabelle Soulard
Location: Notre Dame de Paris, France  
Year: 2014