BRAHMS Choral Music. Ewa Wolak, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra / Antoni Wit. Naxos

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Brahms Choral Music Ewa Wolak And Orchestra Antoni Wit Naxos

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)

Choral Music

Ave Maria Op 12

Begräbnisgesang Op 13

Alto Rhapsody Op 53

Schicksalslied

Op 54

Nänie Op 82

Gesang der Parzen Op 89

Ewa Wolak, contralto

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra / Antoni Wit

Brahms’s 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.

Naxos 8572694

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