Petr Popelka | Photography by Vojtěch Brtnický

Petr Popelka conducts the Brahms Requiem with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir

On November 25, Petr Popelka gives his debut with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with a wonderful vocal cast, consisting of Christina Landshamer, Boris Prýgl and the Tampere Philharmonic Choir.

Brahms began composing his epic German Requiem in 1865.  While the work was started following the death of his mother, it is suggested that the German Requiem was first conceived nine years earlier, following the death of Robert Schumann who had been a monumental figure in Brahms’ life.  Brahms assembled the libretto himself from Bible texts, drawing on passages from the Old Testament, the Apocrypha, and the New Testament.

Later this season, Popelka will perform the work with Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra at the monumental Ottobeuren Abbey in Bavaria, Germany.

 

Petr Popelka, conductor
Christina Landshamer, soprano
Boris Prýgl, baritone
Tampere Philharmonic Choir
(choir conductor Ruut Kiiski and choirmaster Jouni Rissanen)