Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem (Blu-ray Audio)
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Label: Naxos - Blu-ray Audio
Cat No: NBD0039
Format: Blu-ray Audio
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 31st March 2014
ArtistsChristiane Libor (soprano)
Thomas E Bauer (baritone)
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
The longest work in Brahms’ entire oeuvre, A German Requiem was almost certainly triggered by the death of his mother, although it also seems likely that the tragic loss of his friend Robert Schumann, some years earlier, added to its depth and eloquence. Taking inspiration from Bach’s contrapuntal genius but avoiding overt religious tradition, Brahms chose the texts himself, placing an emphasis on an affirmation of life with the suggestion that he would gladly have substituted ‘human’ for ‘German’ in the title.
This release joins Antoni Wit’s ‘richly satisfying’ (Gramophone) recording of Brahms' Choral Music . Wit’s track record in Brahms is proven, with his Brahms Choral Music considered “a trove with as much musical-dramatic weight as many an opera” (Opera News) and “marvellously sung and played” (Gramophone).
The best soloists top the bill for this recording of A German Requiem. Soprano Christine Libor, was admired by Opera News for “the quality of her voice, the sheer beauty of tone from top to bottom”. Acclaimed baritone Thomas E Bauer’s recordings have received awards such as the Orphée d’Or, the Stanley Sadie Prize and a Gramophone Award.
One of the most highly regarded Polish conductors, Antoni Wit is professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In 2010 he won the annual award of the Karol Szymanowski Foundation for his promotion of the music of Szymanowski in his Naxos recordings.
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