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2017.03.19 – German Requiem, Barbican Hall, London: Fabio Luisi

Brahms German Requiem

(part of LSO Schubert and Brahms Discovery Day Final Concert)

19 March 2017
Barbican Hall, London

Julia Kleiter (soprano)
Simon Keenlyside (baritone)
London Symphony Orchestra
Fabio Luisi (conductor)


Schubert  Symphony No  8 (‘Unfinished’)

Brahms    German Requiem


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Sound bites

Classical Iconoclast, 20.03.17

“……Simon Keenlyside sang the baritone part, which he has taken many times before. Experience showed.  Brahms quotes Psalm 9 (verses 4 to 7), where a man contemplates his fate : humility is of the essence, surrounded as he is by the tumult in the orchestra.  Yet the assured, unforced timbre of Keenlyside’s singing highlighted the inner strength that comes from faith, whatever the source of that faith…….

…The trumpets rang out, as in the Book of Revelation, a trumpet will herald the End of Time, when the dead of past ages will be raised to life again. Keenlyside’s voice rang out “Wir werden verwandelt werden” and the chorus entered,  forcefully “Hölle, wo ist dein Sieg!”  A thunderous finale, after which it took some moments to recover.”

Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 20.03.17

“…The baritone soloist, Simon Keenlyside, livened up the proceedings with his Lord, Let me Know my End……But it was Keenlyside’s second entry that was truly arresting, appropriately enough at the words Behold, I Show you a Mystery……”

Barry Creasy, MusicOMH, 20.03.17

“…The two soloists turned in first-rate performances. Simon Keenlyside’s baritone has both edge and depth, and he provided longed-for contrast in both ‘Herr, lehre doch mich’ and ‘Denn wir haben hie.’ …”

David Truslove, Classical Source, 20.03.17

“…and replacing an indisposed Ruben Drole was a bright of character and casually-dressed Simon Keenlyside who brought authority to his two contributions…”

Alexander Hall, Bachtrack, 20.03.17

“….Of the two soloists, Simon Keenlyside, replacing an indisposed Ruben Drole, was a figure of authority, his warmth and clarity of diction being close to ideal…”

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