Brahms' Requiem

It was a work Brahms labored over for a dozen years. Consoled by the psalms, the gospels, and the prophets, he set their words to his music. Music that would be his grandest, perhaps even his greatest. Krzysztof Urbański leads Brahms’ poetic settings from the Bible, “A German Requiem”.

Behind the Curtain

With Associate Conductor Vince Lee

"In life I have very few favorites, and with that said one of my favorite works in the entire world is the Brahms’ Requiem. That's a piece that I could rehearse, conduct and listen to and never get tired of it. It’s an absolute masterwork. Brahms had the weight of the world on his shoulders. He was trying to follow the legacy of Beethoven, and he was the nervous sort so he didn’t release and complete his first symphony until after he was 40 years old because he was so worried about it.

He released several serenades and also the Requiem several years before his first symphony. In a way, this was him testing the waters of a symphony without actually calling it a symphony. In the work itself, he didn’t want to take the usual route of the Mass, using the Latin text that everybody uses. He compiled his own German text out of the Lutheran Bible. He really wanted to make this a requiem for the living rather than a requiem for the dead. Such a unique extraordinary piece for so many different reasons, and that’s part of what makes it so great."

About Christina Pier

American soprano Christina Pier has been hailed by Opera News for her “big, gleaming soprano and impressive coloratura,” and has received great critical and audience acclaim for her work on opera and concert stages.


About Michael Kelly

Praised as “expressive and dynamic” and “vocally splendid”, American baritone Michael Kelly continues to distinguish himself as a consummate artist, sought-after for his riveting interpretations of recital, concert and operatic repertoire.


About the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is proud to be one of the nation’s most established and dynamic musical institutions and 2016–2017 marks its 80th Anniversary Season. Among the most active symphonic choruses in the United States, this organization reaches in excess of 25,000 persons each season with more than 25 performances and a comprehensive educational/outreach program. 


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Ein deutches Requiem (A German Requiem)

Michael Kelly


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