7.15pm for 8.00pm Saturday 30th March 2019
St Pauls Church, Grove Park W4 3SB
featuring Nina Bennet and Eammon Dougan
pianists Ian Shaw and Marija Stručkova
Johannes Brahms (1833-97) was reticent about what, if anything, inspired the composition of his Requiem. Fourteen years (1854-68) in gestation, it may have been given impetus by the deaths of his friend and mentor Robert Schumann in 1856 and of his mother in 1865; but it is perhaps best described as a meditation on death rather than a memorial to anyone. Premiered in his middle years, and preceding all his symphonies and most of his concertos, it was his first large-scale success and marked his arrival on the international stage.