BRAHMS Ein deutsches Requiem. Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig / Herbert Kegel. Brilliant Classics

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BRAHMS

Ein deutsches Requiem

A German Requiem Op.45 to the words of the Holy Scripture

1 Selig sind, die da Leid tragen 11’23

2 Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras 13’46

3 Herr, lehre doch mich 10’12

4 Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen 5’00

5 Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit 7’16

6 Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt 11’23

7 Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herren sterben 12’42

Mari Anne Häggander - soprano (5)

Siegfried Lorenz - baritone (3 & 6)

Rundfunkchor Leipzig chorus master Jörg-Peter Weigle

Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig / Herbert Kegel

For too long a gap in the Brilliant Classics catalogue,we are happy to present a superb recording of Brahms’ sacred masterwork, Ein deutsches Requiem. Brahms’ Requiem, written in German and presenting bible texts selected by Brahms himself, was composed after the death of Brahms’ mother, a shattering experience for him. The dark aspects of Death are relieved by music of great tenderness and intimacy. Conducted by the great German conductor Herbert Kegel, and excellent soloists Mari-Anne Häggander and Siegfried Lorenz. Digital recording licensed from the Capriccio catalogue.

Including booklet notes and the sung texts.

One of the great choral works of the Western tradition, Brahms probably conceived his Ein deutsches Requiem – completed in 1868 – as a response to the passing of his mother as well as the tragic death of his close friend and mentor, Robert Schumann.The composition is the German’s largest in any medium, and one that was quick to enter the classical canon: first performed in 1869 to rave reviews, it is a masterpiece of technique and affect that continues to thrill both audiences and singers around the world. What makes Ein deutsches Requiem unique is Brahms’ unusual decision to compile the text himself; based on various passages of the Lutheran Bible, it’s not so much a requiem for the dead as one for the living – with the composer commenting that he could have happily exchanged the word ‘deutsches’ for ‘human’.

The work is cast in seven movements and is arrestingly performed by the Rundfunkchor/Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig. Featuring a soprano and baritone soloist, it takes as its musical basis two principal ideas, which, after initial statements, are subject to repeated development throughout the piece. From the second movement’s heavy funeral march rhythms to the pivotal fourth’s serene pastorale and the dramatically imposing nature of the sixth, Brahms touches on an array of emotions that reflect the arch-like nature of the composition. Like all great music, Ein deutsches Requiem contains a universal message that goes beyond the circumstances of the work’s conception, and which is beautifully communicated in this recording. Full of symphonic breadth and effectively responsible for confirming Brahms’ status as a composer of international repute, it’s a piece that deserves to be an essential part of any serious listener’s library.

Brilliant Classics 94353

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