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Brahms Requiem

I am interested in your thoughts on your preferred edition in English of the Brahms Requiem.  Also - have you succesfully performed it with piano 4 hands accompaniment?
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on January 27, 2011 12:58am
I like the Bullock..I've used and like the Hoggard, though I make some changes, and it's affordable!
on January 27, 2011 10:54am
Any reason not to do four-hands plus timpani?  Sorry, doesn't answer the question, but adding an instrument here and there can often make a great effect and not kill our budgets.  I heard a perf or Nanie with piano and oboe and the oboe added a lot.  Timp woudl add a lot to Brahms.   To Jerome's point (I always love Jerome's posts), we might never perform the great works if we wait for ideal conditions.  Not having access to an orchestra means leaving out an awful lot of music, obviously, and sometimes we just need to pieces like the Brahms as well as we can manage...
I did a reading of the Brahms one summer and instead of 4-hands we did two pianos, and the pianists really loved not getting in each other's way, felt they could be more musical.  So if you have access to another piano, Cynthia, that might be worth exploring.
on May 8, 2011 10:10am
I would recommend to you that you read Christopher Ellis' excellent Masters thesis document on the 4-hand piano version of the Brahms Requiem, which Brahms himself wrote for a performance in England.  Chris did a thorough comparative study of the piano version with the orchestral score.  I supervised the writing of this thesis. Chris performed it successfully in Iowa in 2009.   The document is available through the St Cloud State University (Minnesota) library, and the piano version IS a viable alternative to the orchestral score. 
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