BBC Proms 2018

Brahms' Requiem

Episode 33 Brahms' Requiem

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Review

The Rev Richard Coles is no stranger to the Albert Hall – I first saw him raising the rafters there in 1986 with Jimmy Somerville in the Communards – but tonight he’s on hosting duty for an altogether graver concert. In honour of the 90th birthday of British composer Thea Musgrave, there’s a rare chance to hear her splendidly dramatic 1997 work, Phoenix Rising, which traces a flight from darkness into light. Then there’s Brahms’s A German Requiem, one of three requiems this season marking 100 years since the end of the First World War. (Catch Verdi’s and Britten’s on Radio 3 later in the run.) Richard Farnes conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Summary

From London's Royal Albert Hall, the Rev Richard Coles introduces a performance of Brahms's tender and consoling A German Requiem, inspired by the death of the composer's mother. Richard Farnes conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists Golda Schultz, making her prom debut, and Johan Reuter. The evening starts by marking Thea Musgrave's 90th birthday with her dramatic and mysterious single movement piece, Phoenix Rising.

Cast & Crew

Actor Richard Coles
Director Patti Marr
Producer Dominic Best
Music