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NEC Philharmonia, Loebel / NEC Concert Choir / Stucker, Johnson/Brahms
Boston, Massachusetts
Tuesday, 2 December 2014 - 7:00 PM
7pm: Pre-Concert Talk
8pm: Concert

Although he called his work "A German Requiem," Brahms “would gladly have dispensed with that adjective and called his work 'A Human Requiem,'" reported the critic Michael Steinberg in his book "Choral Masterworks: A Listener’s Guide."

Steinberg continues: “The words that begin the Mass for the Dead in the Catholic liturgy are 'Grant them eternal rest, O Lord' but that is not the concern on Brahms’s mind. The dead are not mentioned in 'A German Requiem' until the penultimate section, and then it is in the phrase 'the dead shall be raised incorruptible.' And when the last movement begins with the words from 'Revelation,' 'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth,' we hear not anxious or ardent prayer, but the voice of assured faith. Brahms’s address is to us, the living who remain to mourn and suffer. The verse from 'Revelation' which ends 'A German Requiem' closes the circle that begins with the Beatitude 'Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.'"

Tonight's performance by the NEC Concert Choir reprises performances by the chorus last April with the New Haven Symphony. Come early for a pre-concert talk with Anne Hallmark of NEC's Department of Music History and Musicology and NEC Director of Choral Activities Erica Washburn.
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Brahms: A German Requiem
CHORUS: Selig sind, die da Leid tragen
CHORUS: Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras
BARITONE, CHORUS: Herr, lehre doch mich
CHORUS: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
SOPRANO, CHORUS: Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
BARITONE, CHORUS: Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt
CHORUS: Selig sind die Toten
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