On Sunday, February 7, 2021, Accentus Music broadcast Johannes Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem” live from the Opernhaus Zürich on Arte. The broadcast is available on Arte Concert until August 6, 2021:
The “German Requiem” made Johannes Brahms one of the most famous composers of his time. He himself later said of his work, “I have now found consolation.” Central to the texts, which Brahms took from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, is precisely this motif of consolation. Perhaps that is why, especially in times of the ongoing pandemic with all its restrictions on art and culture, it is also a work of great symbolic character.
Under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda, who presented himself with this extraordinary concert as the new General Music Director of the Zurich Opera House, the choir and orchestra performed in an empty hall – the orchestra on the stage, the choir facing it in the parquet and the tiers of the auditorium. Distanced, yet united in consolation. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Ein deutsches Requiem
Lydia Teuscher soprano
Konstantin Shushakov baritone
Chor der Oper Zürich
Members of the Zürcher Sing-Akademie
Gianandrea Noseda musical direction
A production of Accentus Music in co-production with Arte G.E.I.E., SRF, SSR SRG, in cooperation with Opernhaus Zürich.
Recorded live at Opernhaus Zürich
7 February, 2o21