Of Brahms’ A German Requiem, Clara Schumann wrote, “It is a truly tremendous piece of art which moves the entire being in a way little else does.” Jaap van Zweden returns to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in this emotional work. Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music and Wagner’s groundbreaking Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde open the program.
Note for the Newcomer: Although Brahms was not very religious, he wanted to write a requiem, anyway. Rather than a requiem for the dead, he considered his version a work for the mourners left on earth, and said the word "German" in the piece's title could be replaced with "Human."
Mozart Masonic Funeral Music
Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Brahms A German Requiem
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Christiane Karg, soprano
Michael Nagy, baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, chorus director
There will be a 30-minute pre-concert conversation with Kyle Dzapo, 12:15 on the Armour Stage.