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Barts Choir perform Brahms' German Requiem
Wednesday 20 November 2013 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall, London
CONDUCTOR - Ivor Setterfield
soprano - Sophie Bevan
Barts Choir

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture
DVOŘŃK Te Deum
BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem

Barts Choir, one of Londonís largest regularly performing choirs, returns to the Royal Albert Hall in support of the Eve Appeal, the charity raising funds for research aimed at better detection and improved treatment of gynaecological cancers.

The German Requiem, Brahmsís deeply-felt response to the deaths of his mother and his friend and mentor Robert Schumann, was the first of his works to achieve widespread recognition. Unlike the Latin Requiem, with its prayers for the dead and visions of judgement, it offers consolation for the living and hope of eternal joy, setting texts from the Lutheran bible to music in which Brahms infused his maturing style with that of Bach and Handel. It is preceded by one of Beethovenís most dramatic overtures, Coriolan, and DvořŠkís joyous Te Deum, written to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbusís discovery of America, and first performed in New York in 1892.

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