Oratorio Society Of New York To Present Brahms’ German Reqiuem

By Francisco Salazar

The Oratorio Society of New York is set to perform the U.S. premiere of a new critical edition of Brahms’s “A German Requiem.”

OSNY Music Director Kent Tritle conducts the epic work with soloists Susanna Phillips and Takaoki Onishi.

The new critical edition, which will get its U.S. premiere in this performance, is by an international team led by the noted scholars Michael Musgrave and Michael Struck.

Musgrave is the author of, among other books, “The Music of Brahms” and “Brahms: A German Requiem.” The new edition is being published by G. Henle Verlag in collaboration with Breitkopf & Härtel. It is part of the new collected works of Brahms published by G. Henle Verlag.

“There are some amendments to crescendi and diminuendi for the chorus, correcting misinterpretations that had to do with orientation of spacing on the original printing plates,” Tritle noted in a press statement. “We look forward to restoring these in our performance. Of course, as ever, there will also be some interpretive elements from my own imagination, but the print from Brahms will receive priority!”

The concert is set to be performed on March 2 at Carnegie Hall.