Brahms: German Requiem

Ein deutsches Requiem performed by Anna Lucia Richter, soprano, Stephan Genz, baritone, Leipzig MDR Radio Symphony Chorus and Orchestra with Marin Alsop

CD reviews…

Gramophone “The Leipzig Radio Choir sounds like a large body. There are no fluffed entries and no weaknesses. The tenor are particularly impressive, with no sense of strain on the high note.”

 Music Web International “Above all, it’s an asset to hear the German text delivered by native German speakers…Genz is an appropriate choice as the baritone soloist in this Leipzig performance since his musical training took place in the city…Alsop’s direction of the score is very good.” 

BBC Music Magazine “…a sensitive and often moving account of the score. Alsop’s tempos are never ponderous, in places almost brisk…at its bargain price, this honest, no-nonsense account, beautifully played and sung, is certainly competitive.” 

This disc was originally released to coincide with Marin Alsop’s concert, with the same work, at London’s BBC Proms on 17 August 2013.

Naxos CD 8572996 @ £7.50 plus P&P  

CD notes … From its disappointing initial reception, misunderstood and under-rehearsed in Vienna in 1867, Brahms’s A German Requiem (the composer, in a letter, once substituted ‘human’ for ‘German’) has since become known as one of the most powerfully charged such works in the canon. It was almost certainly the death of Brahms’s mother in 1865 that triggered his desire to write such a work. But it avoids overt Christian references, thus differing profoundly from conventional liturgical Latin Requiems, and remains deeply rooted in the tradition of Bach and Schütz.

This CD is being offered to Clacton Choral in preparation for its concert in December 2019.

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