Brahms - Ein deutches Requiem op. 45 (Complete)
Type of Spiritual Experience
His large choral work A German Requiem is not a setting of the liturgical Missa pro defunctis but a setting of texts which Brahms selected from the Luther Bible.
The work was composed in three major periods of his life. An early version of the second movement was first composed in 1854, not long after Robert Schumann's attempted suicide, and this was later used in his first piano concerto.
The majority of the Requiem was composed after his mother's death in 1865. The fifth movement was added after the official premiere in 1868, and the work was published in 1869.
He once wrote that the Requiem "belonged to Schumann".
A description of the experience
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: soprano-
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: baritone-
Philharmonia Chorus (Chorus master: Reinhold Schmid-Ralph Dowmes: organ)-
Philharmonia Orchestra-Otto Klemperer: conductor-1961-
1. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen-
2. Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras-
3.Herr, lehre doch mich-
4. Wie lieblich sind deine Wonungen-
5. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit-
6. Denn wir haben hier keine bleibende Stadt-
7. Selig sind die Toten