Brahms: A German Requiem

Orfeó Català / Balthasar Neumann Choir and Orchestra / Thomas Hengelbrock

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Eleanor Lyons
Eleanor Lyons © Elisabeth Gattenburg
Laeiszhalle Hamburg
Laeiszhalle Hamburg © Maxim Schulz
Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble / Thomas Hengelbrock
Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble / Thomas Hengelbrock © Maxim Schulz

Human through and through

Only a few works of music give such moving expression to our human struggle with mortality, between hope and despair, light and darkness, as Brahms’s »German Requiem«. Setting an individual selection of passages from the Bible to music, the composer – a native of Hamburg – created a thoroughly personal promise of solace, which he said he would have preferred to call »human« rather than »German«.

The big solo parts and particularly the deeply moving choral passages seem tailor-made for Thomas Hengelbrock and his Balthasar Neumann ensembles, who have been touching their audience for many years with vivid performances of major choral and orchestral works. For their concert at the Laeiszhalle (on Hamburg’s Johannes-Brahms-Platz!), Hengelbrock has invited a very special choir for additional support. The Catalonian choir Orfeó Català is an ensemble with a rich tradition and one »unique selling point«: one of Europe’s loveliest and most unusual music temples, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, was built especially for it.


Balthasar-Neumann-Chor und -Orchester

Orfeó Català

Eleanor Lyons soprano

Domen Križaj baritone

conductor Thomas Hengelbrock


Johannes Brahms
A German Requiem, Op. 45

Pre-Concert Talk

with Thomas Hengelbrock and Friederike Westerhaus (in German)

19:00 / Laeiszhalle, Großer Saal

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Balthasar Neumann Choir and Orchestra

Promoter: HamburgMusik / Balthasar-Neumann-Chor und -Orchester e.V.

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