by Ryan James Brandau

Brahms German Requiem   
November 5, 2017

If he will only point his magic wand to where the powers amassed in the orchestra and chorus lend him its might, yet more wonderful glimpses into the mysteries of the spirit world await us. …

Thus predicted the great Robert Schumann in 1853 about the then twenty-year-old Johannes Brahms.  Johannes had impressed Robert and his wife Clara with his piano compositions, and they anticipated how this talented young man might contribute to the great Beethovenian symphonic tradition of the nineteenth century.