EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM
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The German Requiem of Johannes Brahms is acknowledged as one of the great choral works of the Romantic era. Although originally scored for symphony orchestra, Brahms made a version for piano duet which has found popularity in recent years. Performances with piano lack the richness, colour and sustain of the long lines in Brahms' work. A brilliant new arrangement by Iain Farrington for chamber ensemble has the piano at the core, while adding six other instrumentalists to create a satisfying and Brahmsian texture, retaining much of the original orchestration. It is ideal for choirs such as Musica Sacra of Sarasota wanting to perform the work on a smaller scale, but with the variety and fullness of the orchestral version.