Brahms’s German Requiem is considered the central work of the composer’s career. It’s a slightly unusual piece. Though it’s a mass for the dead, with texts pulled from the Lutheran Bible and King James Bible, at no point does it mention either heaven or Jesus. (Brahms wasn’t big on the afterlife.) It’s also a very musically ambitious work, with the full choir going whole hog for six of the Requiem’s seven movements. This particular version of the German Requiem premiered in 1871 – the year of German unification, coincidentally. Sine Nomine’s performance features soloists Philip Lima (baritone) and Jennifer C. Caraluzzi (soprano), while Patrice Newman and I-Ying Lin are handling the four-handed piano score.