Brahms - German Requiem
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Label: LSO Live
Cat No: LSO0748
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 5th May 2014
ArtistsSally Matthews (soprano)
Christopher Maltman (baritone)
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra present Brahms' greatest choral work, the 'German' Requiem, featuring soprano Sally Matthews and baritone Christopher Maltman.
Gergiev’s first Brahms release on LSO Live (Symphonies Nos 1 & 2, Tragic Overture & Haydn Variations) was awarded 5/5 by BBC Music Magazine.
Intended to be for ‘all humanity’, Brahms’ 'German' Requiem is a powerful work – its central themes of melancholy and comfort are universally applicable. Non-liturgical, yet sacred and devotional in spirit, it showcases the great romantic melodies for which Brahms was renowned, and has become a popular work with choirs all over the world – admired for its mystical, consolatory and contemplative tone.
"The London Symphony Chorus was wonderfully incisive and articulate in the large-scale movements, especially the second, 'All Flesh Is Grass', and warmly expressive in the more intimate ones such as the final Blessed Are the Dead." - The Guardian ****
"An undoubted plus was the solo singing – Christopher Maltman giving of his considerable best in the initial recitatives of the third and sixth movements, his sheer ardency finding meaningful contrast with the poise and pathos Matthews brought to the fifth movement in what is one of Brahms’s most affecting inspirations." - Classical Source
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