Selig sind, die da Leid tragen, denn sie sollen getrostet werden
'Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted' .
The liturgical ritual of farewell has provided the spur for some of the most highly charged and emotional works in the canon and there was a rare opportunity to hear one of the apotheosis of the form by one of the masters of the German Romantic tradition at University Concert Hall on Saturday night when Limerick Choral Union dedicated a performance of Brahm's German Requiem to members of the choir who have passed away. Sung in the original German, this dramatic setting of the Lutheran text has logistical and practical challenges being the longest of Brahms works clocking in at about an hour and opportunities to hear it are infrequent. By coincidence, the work was also performed in the National Concert Hall by the NSO and the RTE Philharmonic Choir the previous evening. The broadcast included an overview of the form in an insightful interval talk by David Vivian Russell Lyric Concert Friday 20th April
Russell refers to the emphasis in the German Requiem being more on consolation of the living rather than the fate of the dead and what music of consolation is the fifth movement. Notoriously difficult for the soloist, the lyric from John's Gospel was beautifully and effortlessly delivered by soprano Carmel Conway. Baritone Owen Gilhooly's third movement dialogue with the choir was vigorous yet smooth ending in a magnificent song of hope and joy.
|Percussion at the ready|
|Soprano Carmel Conway|
Post performance interview with conductor Malcolm Green
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