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Luminosa Performs the Mighty Brahms Requiem
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Nov 1, 2022, 11:01 AM

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Alton-based choir, Luminosa, are thrilled to be performing the Brahms Requiem and, for the first time, holding their winter concert in the Great Hall of The Maltings in Farnham.
Known as ‘A German Requiem’, this 1868 work is Brahms’ famous non-Catholic Requiem, a majestic, non-liturgical work setting sacred texts, including passages assembled by Brahms himself, from the Lutheran Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Traditionally a mass for the dead, this Requiem is more a Mass for the living, especially composed as a comfort for those left behind. In addition, Brahms’ seminal work is striking for its choice of secular text, written in German, rather than the usual Latin. This makes it a particularly accessible Requiem. The piece also breaks from tradition in another significant way. While most requiem Masses focus on the idea of damnation and Christ’s suffering and death for our sins, Brahms’ Requiem pours light on redemption and the possibility of our salvation: a trajectory from suffering to acceptance. This is a broader humanist message.
With scoring for one piano, four hands, the interplay of pianists, Adam Blosse and Valentina Seferinova, will be exciting to watch as well as to hear. The text and choral intensity will be at the heart of the concert, with solo performances from Ella de Jongh (Soprano) and Joe Chalmers (Baritone), and the piano as an arresting percussive element in support.
Artistic Director and Conductor, Rebekah Abbott’s vision for the performance will be of the sustained pure, clear and radiant quality for which Luminosa is well-known. This is a work of massive structure, refined texture and gigantic collective sound which will resound powerfully in the beautiful acoustic of The Maltings.
In addition, the pianists will perform Debussy’s Petite Suite (1889), also written for piano, four hands, with wonderfully appealing melodies, harmonic opulence and Impressionistic trademarks which, combined, are sublime.
Brahms Requiem will take place on Sunday 27th November in the Great Hall, Farnham Maltings at 6pm. Generous support from Luminosa’s sponsor, Hattingley Valley Wines, allows tickets to be just £15 for adults (under 12s-£5), available on Ticket Source
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