Sir Simon Rattle - Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)


Label:

Warner Classics International

Genre:

Classical

Product No.:
XWAR328796F44
Availability:
In Stock
Category:

FLAC 44kHz/24bit Download



$17.98

or Add to Wishlist




Total download size: 579MB Total play length: 1:07:06

Cover art included, liner notes not included

This is a big, monolithic performance of this somewhat monolithic work, but it doesn't sound impenetrable as it occasionally can. The second movement is as gigantic as any might want, but there's great spring in its last few minutes; elsewhere, Sir Simon Rattle leads with a clarity and energy that are decidedly not lament-like. The 4th movement, "Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen," seems to sway under Rattle's baton; it appears as a light interlude. There is great warmth in the "Ich habt nun Traurigkeit" movement and all pomp seems to die away. The fugal moments are crystal clear, even with the large orchestra and chorus (this is clearly not a "period" instrument performance), and both soloists--baritone Thomas Quasthoff and Dorothea Röschmann--sing their music with close attention to the text. The Berlin Philharmonic and Rundfunkchor are superb. This is a beautiful reading of a work that can be forbidding – highly recommended.

With this latest release on EMI Classics from Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker the team returns to the 19th-century Germanic repertoire on which the orchestra's heritage has been based since its formation 125 years ago. Following in the historic footsteps of Klemperer, Celibidache, Tennstedt, Fischer-Dieskau, Schwarzkopf and many other distinguished EMI artists, Simon Rattle brings to the label Brahms's most substantial yet intimate large-scale work.



1. Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen
2. Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: II. Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras
3. Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: III. Herr, lehre doch mich
4. Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
5. Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
6. Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: VI. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt
7. Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: VII. Selig sind die Toten

Be the first to write a review for this item OR just rate it