Marin Alsop Conducts

Marin Alsop directs Brahms’

  • Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Performed by the Leipzig MDR Radio Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop.

Johannes Brahms’ masterpiece “A German Requiem” has become known as one of the most powerful works in the music literature. It was the death of Brahms’ mother in 1865 that triggered his desire to write such a work. But it avoids specific Christian references, thus differing profoundly from conventional liturgical Latin Requiems.

I have admired this work for many years. I find my own personal sorrow in this music, with reference to my own parents who died at a very young age.

Here is a full – length video of Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem”: Listen to the choir singing “Selig” <Blessed…. are those who carry their mourning>  

And next, here’s another performance, this time with orchestra and soloists conducted by Herbert Blomstedt: