BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
22 Mar 2020, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
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BBC SSO 2019-20 Season Brahms A German Requiem in Edinburgh

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Brahms A German Requiem in Edinburgh
15:00 Sun 22 Mar 2020 Usher Hall, Edinburgh

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“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”. Johannes Brahms was an atheist, and as he composed his German Requiem, he wasn’t thinking of heaven or hell, divine judgement or the Last Trumpet. Instead, as he grappled with his own grief at the death of his mother, he set out to console and comfort the living. The result is one of the most beautiful, most moving and – in its own way - most profoundly spiritual choral works of the 19th century. The Edinburgh Festival Chorus sings it here, and llan Volkov conducts. Naturally, he’s avoided the obvious and paired it with ‘Per Bastiana Tai-Yang Cheng’ – a visionary fusion of East and West, orchestra and electronics, created by the master of the Italian post-war avant-garde in 1967 to celebrate the birth of his baby daughter. Birth, death, and a whole sonic universe – what else would you expect from the BBC SSO’s endlessly curious Principal Guest Conductor? Bring an open mind, and prepare to be moved.

The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.