From the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Antonio Pappano is once again the protagonist of the season of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, in the concert broadcast on Thursday 1 April at 9.15 pm on Rai5. On the program a page of intense spirituality: the “Deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms. The choir, directed by Piero Monti, is also the protagonist, together with the solo voices of soprano Chen Reiss and baritone Thomas Tatzl.
Brahms’ masterpiece in the program is a Requiem on the contrary, not liturgical like those of Mozart and Verdi, because it is intended for concert performance. The text, which Brahms himself freely drew from the Bible in Martin Luther’s version, is to be understood as a consoling message addressed to humanity as a prefiguration of that peace and that sweet comfort represented by the definitive detachment from earthly life. It was thanks to this impressive work performed for the first time in 1868 that Brahms, then thirty-six, had his definitive affirmation as a composer placing himself as the heir to that German musical tradition that had its roots in Bach and Handel, and then continued with Beethoven and Mozart .
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