Brahms - Choral Music | Naxos 8572694

Brahms - Choral Music

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8572694

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd January 2012

Contents

About

Brahms’ first connection with choral music came in 1857, and his first appointment in Vienna, in 1863, was to conduct the Singakademie. He premièred 'A German Requiem' in the city and wrote widely for choral forces, taking a variety of poetic source material.

Begräbnisgesang (Funeral Hymn) evinces a great feeling of solemnity, whilst Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) is an urgent, volatile work. Nänie was written as a lament for the death of the painter Anselm Feuerbach, and the Alto Rhapsody has remained one of the greatest works for contralto in the repertoire.

Antoni Wit, one of the most highly regarded Polish conductors, studied conducting with Henryk Czyz and composition with Krzysztof Penderecki at the Academy of Music in Kraków, subsequently continuing his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. In 2002 he became managing and artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

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