Brahms' beautiful response to death

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Classical Music

March 23, 2003|By Tim Smith

Artists often deal with death by creating more art -- and thus more life. That's what Johannes Brahms did after he lost his mother. The result was Ein Deutches Requiem (A German Requiem), a work of exquisite beauty and comfort. The title refers only to the fact that the music is sung in German; the texts come from the Bible and, in keeping with the composer's somewhat nonspecific religious outlook, are more universal than denominational.

This choral masterwork will be performed this week by the Concert Artists of Baltimore, the choral / orchestral organization directed by Edward Polo-chick.

The ensemble's 30 voices will be joined by 80 members of the former Baltimore Symphony Chorus (which Polochick used to direct). The soloists are soprano Esther Heideman and baritone Randal Woodfield.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Sunday's Arts & Society section about a performance this Friday by Concert Artists of Baltimore included an incorrect phone number for the Meyerhoff Hall box office. The correct number is 410-783-8000.
The Sun regrets the error.

Completing the program will be Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, with its marvelous dialogues between keyboard and orchestra. Exceptional pianist (and teacher) Ann Schein will be the soloist; any opportunity to hear her play is welcome.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Friday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $15 to $55. Call 410-782-8000.

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