Sorrow and Serenity – Sir Simon Rattle conducts Brahms’ Requiem


Spiritual. Sensuous. Serene.

Sun 18 Dec 2022 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Barbican Hall, London

Karol Szymanowski Stabat Mater
Johannes Brahms German Requiem

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Iwona Sobotka soprano
Hanna Hipp mezzo-soprano
Florian Boesch bass-baritone
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

Sir Simon Rattle explores intensely personal choral music by Szymanowski and Brahms – music that transforms sorrow into pure sonic beauty.

‘Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted’. Brahms was never too sure about religion, so when he composed his German Requiem he wrote music to console the living, here and now. And he did it with such gentleness, imagination and warmth that listeners of all faiths (and none) can draw solace from the sounds he created. It’s a serene contrast to the heady, intoxicating atmosphere of Szymanowski’s luscious Stabat Mater.

The London Symphony Chorus is a musical force to be reckoned with – and under its inspiring Chorus Director Simon Halsey it brings a new dimension of sonic excitement every time it adds its hundred-plus voices to the LSO. Regular collaborators with Sir Simon Rattle, today they sing two pieces with a very special place in his heart.

‘Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.’
~Brahms: German Requiem

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