WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Part of the BBC Proms.
Sacred but non-liturgical, A German Requiem is one of the most powerful works for choir and orchestra. Twenty-one years after Sir Roger Norrington directed the first British performance on period instruments, American conductor Marin Alsop, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and an 80-strong chorus explore Brahms's 1868 masterpiece in the context of his relationship with Robert Schumann and Schumann's widow, Clara. Schumann's Fourth Symphony and Brahms's Tragic Overture act as preludes to a work of great seriousness. Finish time: 21:55