The lyrical and popular Brahms’ Requiem is teamed with Birmingham’s first performance of Rautavaara’s On the Last Frontier; a delicious musical discovery.Whether you adore Brahms’ Requiem or are intrigued by Rautavaara; this is a concert you should not miss!
‘stunningly accomplished performance’ Birmingham Post
Rautavaara: On the Last Frontier
Although written in 1997, Rautavaara’s setting of words derived from Edgar Allan Poe comes across as a deeply rich, romantic film score, evoking images and colours from the depths of the ocean. The composer realised that the strange and mystical mood of the poem, one he had cherished since childhood, reflected that of man nearing the end of his life, seeing before him a view of “The Last Frontier”.
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
A choral favourite, Brahms’ masterpiece succeeds in taking an optimistic view of the transition between life and death. Mixed with tinges of wistful colour, the music surges confidently through death itself to a world of hope and expectation.
Adrian Lucas – conductor
Eloise Routledge – soprano
Robert Rice – bass
City of Birmingham Choir
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Roger Judd – organ