Honeck Conducts Ein Deutsches Requiem

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Date

12.4.2019

Friday 11:00

Hall

The Lowy concert hall

Venue

Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv

Venue

Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv

Hall

The Lowy concert hall

Artists

Manfred Honeck, conductor 

Sunhae Im, soprano 

Shenyang, baritone 

The Prague Philharmonic Choir 

Prof. Moshe Zuckermann, lecturer 

Concert Program

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Event Info

“What is most important to me is the meaning behind the music, the story behind it.”

– Manfred Honeck

The famous conductor Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, returns to the IPO to conduct the Brahms German Requiem with soloists soprano Sunhae Im and baritone Shenyang.

One can always rely on composers to provide the “punch line” for the works and personalities of other composers. Antonín Dvořák, generally a witty man, said after hearing and admiring Brahms’ German Requiem: “What an amazing man, what spirituality, and this is a work written by a man who does not believe in anything! A complete atheist.” Dvořák was not entirely wrong, as Brahms was not a religious man, but it turns out that musical sensitivity and talent can also contribute to the writing of a profound, compelling and extremely personal religious work.

It took Brahms fifteen years to write the German Requiem, an extremely long time even for Brahms, who was not exactly quick with his pen. The story of the German Requiem’s composition reveals something about composing processes and about the way that material becomes a composition in the creator’s hand.

The first sketches for the Requiem were written in 1854, but Brahms intended this material to be part of a piano sonata, that later became a sonata for two pianos and was eventually abandoned. Ultimately, much of the material was used in his First Symphony. But a small part of the original piano piece, a sort of melancholic funeral march, remained “unused.” Initially, Brahms thought of using it in a vocal work in memory of Robert Schumann (the composer who “discovered” him and greatly accelerated his professional career). But it was his mother’s death in 1865 that made Brahms reconnect twelve years later to that unused part of the piano piece, and compelled him transform it into what became the second movement of the Requiem. Quite quickly, six of the seven movements of the work were completed, and in December 1867 three movements were performed in Vienna. Both Clara Schumann and Brahms’ father were present at the premiere. The audience was excited, including Clara, but Brahms’ father, historians say, sat with a serious face during the performance and finally muttered, “The piece is ok.” The death of Brahms’ mother was the main motive behind the writing of the work, and after a performance in Bremen in May 1868 he decided to add a movement for soprano and choir with text taken from the book of Isaiah: “As a man whose mother comforted me, I will comfort you.” With these words, Brahms concluded his writing of the Requiem. The work’s full premiere took place in February 1869, fifteen years after the first notes were written.

Price Range

170-490 nis

Duration

approx 1.5 hours without intermission

Duration

approx 1.5 hours without intermission

Price range

170-490 nis