21 June 2014

St Michael le Belfrey, York
7.30 pm ends (c.9.45 pm)
Tickets £18 (£16)

Brahms
German Requiem, op 45
in composer's piano duet version
Liebeslieder-Walzer, op 52

Michael & Joseph Haydn

BrahmsGerman Requiem is one of the great choral masterpieces of all time. Brahms himself made this piano transcription of the orchestral parts of his stupendous Requiem. Unlike the Victoria Requiem, heard in the February concert, this is a sacred but not a liturgical composition. Brahms’ arrangement of the original orchestral material for two players allows a greater intimacy, precision and contrapuntal clarity than that possible in the orchestral version; as such it pairs very happily with the glorious Liebeslieder-Walzer op. 52. Both pieces are from the 1860s and the Liebeslieder is a set of 18 short songs set for solo voices and choir which pays tribute to Johann Strauss.

In this entertaining performance the musical items are linked by a brilliant (and entertaining) narration specially prepared by Andrew Pinnock, secretary of the Purcell Society and a regular collaborator with YBC and YBS in this repertoire.