The Brahms Requiem

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Recorded live at the St. Florian church in Austria, and performed by
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone), with the Wiener Singverein, and The Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst conducting.


Brahms’ German Requiem is a work of great intensity that speaks to people of all faiths and to believers and non-believers alike. Johannes Nrahms composed this work in memory of his mother. He decided on the specific texts, and the Viennese public was quick to criticize…

In this concert recorded at the magnificent Baroque basilica of Saint Florian in Austria, The Cleveland Orchestra and its Music Director Franz Welser-Möst together with the Wiener Singverein, soloists Hanna-Elisabeth Müller and Simon Keenlyside, create a meditation on life and death, hailed by the press as “an event of the first order”.

I have always been deeply moved by this music because I found it to transcend a person’s specific religion.

Here is a wonderful excerpt, “Selig Sind die da Leid tragen” (Blessed are those who mourn)


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