First Baptist Church Newton Centre
848 Beacon Street
Newton Centre MA 02459
Brahms achieved international fame in his mid-30s with the “German Requiem”, a humanistic commemoration of the dead written in a dramatically new harmonic language. Always an audience favorite, it speaks even more powerfully to us today. Rather than set the traditional Latin Requiem Mass, Brahms chose passages from the Lutheran Bible that ponder our mortality (“Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras”), express the joys of heaven (“Wie Lieblich sind deine Wohnungen”), and offer consolation and reassurance to the living. Brahms wrote the piano four-hands arrangement together with the full orchestral version; a recording of it was recently nominated for a Grammy award.