Christian Gerhaher, Gijs Leenaars and Christian Thielemann about Brahms’s “Deutsches Requiem” (21 min.)
Johannes Brahms’s German Requiem is one of the most famous sacred works of the 19th century – not least because due to its Protestant basis, it differs so significantly from the settings of the Latin mass by Mozart or Verdi. The Berliner Philharmoniker performed the work in January 2015 under the baton of Christian Thielemann. Here, Thielemann and two other participants of the concert, baritone Christian Gerhaher and chorus master Gijs Leenaars, talk about their view of the music, text and expressive world of Brahms’s composition and on working with the Berliner Philharmoniker. At the time of the performance, the young Dutch conductor Gijs Leenaars was already chief conductor designate and artistic director of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, before taking over the position from Simon Halsey in the 2015/2016 season.