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Sydney – City Recital Hall

Brahms’ life-affirming “Human Requiem”, framed by old-world harmonies of Tallis and Ingegneri

Experience Brahms’ mighty romantic masterpiece as a powerful chamber work in this intimate version of his “German” Requiem
for an ensemble of soloists and two pianos in the superb acoustics of City Recital Hall.

The Song Company, the talented voices of its Apprentice Program and legendary pianist Gerard Willems AM
collaborate with Artistic Director Antony Pitts in what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of beauty, clarity and pathos.

Dedicated to humankind, the Brahms Requiem is unlike any other that came before.
Written in his native German, rather than Latin, it rejects the focus of the traditional requiem mass on divine justice,
rather offering hope and solace for those left behind.
While the music evokes that of Schumann, Beethoven and Bach, it is also influenced by the intricate polyphony of the 16th century
– yet is unmistakably Brahmsian in architecture and scale.

The program also features his major work for two pianos, the Variations on a Theme of Haydn,
with Willems joined by Associate Artistic Director Francis Greep,
and examples of the most hauntingly beautiful a-cappella music in the repertoire by Thomas Tallis and Marc’Antonio Ingegneri,
including a work from Brahms’s own library of early music.

The Song Company
Amy Moore, Chloe Lankshear, Hannah Fraser, Janine Harris, Dan Walker, Ethan Taylor, Jack Stephens, Christopher Richardson,

The SongCo Apprentices
Elise Morton, Lily Harper, Adele Kozak, Emma Warburton, Steph Macindoe, Cassandra Doyle, Alex Gorbatov,
Alexander Caldwell, David Lee, Brendan McRae, Jesse van Proctor, Lincoln Law

The ensemble is also joined by students from the Conservatorium High School

Language Coach Roberta Diamond
Pianists Gerard Willems AM, Francis Greep
Conductor Antony Pitts

Thomas Tallis: Sancte Deus
Marc’Antonio Ingegneri: Tenebrae factae sunt
Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn (St Antony Variations)
Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

The Song Company is Australia’s leading professional vocal ensemble.
Unique in its stylistic diversity with repertoire spanning the 9th century to today,
the Company brings together the country’s finest voices in innovative performances,
artistic development, educational outreach, and collaborative music-making across art forms.
Its long-standing and extensive commissioning program is also central to its ethos.
With a palette of outstanding Principal, Guest, Associate, and Ensemble Artists,
The Song Company is reshaping the professional vocal landscape in Australia for today and the next generation.

The Song Company
Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem
19 February, 7pm
City Recital Hall, Angel Place – Sydney
Full details & bookings
Standard tickets $75 – $120
(Concession and children starting at $35)

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