Brahms - Song of Destiny: Works for Choir & Orchestra | Ondine ODE13012

Brahms - Song of Destiny: Works for Choir & Orchestra

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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE13012

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th November 2017

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The series of Brahms recordings on Ondine with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Jaime Martín culminate with this recording of works for choir and orchestra together with the prestigious Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

Brahms’s impressive Schicksalslied was written in 1868. The work delves musically into the duality between the “fate-free,” ideal heavenly life and the existence of “suffering man” on earth articulated in Friedrich Hölderlin’s poem. During the summer of 1881 Brahms composed his Nänie on a poem by Friedrich von Schiller as a song of lament and mourning for the fleetingness of beauty. Brahms dedicated this work to Henriette Feuerbach, the mother of painter Anselm Feuerbach, Brahms’s highly admired friend, who had died in Venice in 1880. Gesang der Parzen was premiered the following year conducted by the composer in Basel on 10 December 1882.

The theme of destiny is an obvious parallel that can be drawn between this work and the Schicksalslied. Written for choir and wind instruments, Begräbnisgesang is an early work of funeral music. The final version of the work was completed in 1859. Brahms wrote his hugely successful Liebeslieder Waltzes opp. 52 & 65 during 1869–74. This album includes a selection adapted by the composer.

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