Brahms: German Requiem [digital download]
Catalogue Number LSO0748
James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd recording, editing, mixing & mastering
Recorded live at the Barbican, 30 & 31 March 2013
DSD (direct stream digital) recordingTotal playing time 64m07s
2.0 Stereo and multi-channel 5.1
Jewel case with 24pp booklet. Notes in English, French and German.
The LSO sound is immaculate and its players are up to satisfying every interpretive nuance the conductor requires of them. The chorus is solid and beautifully balanced and is especially pleasing in the fourth movement, Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen.'
Classical Music Sentinel
‘Maltman sings beautifully... The chorus and orchestra perform well…’ Fanfare
‘The dark, veiled strings at the opening (Brahms with a slight Russian Orthodox accent?) are very impressive. So too is the sense of the first movement rising and falling steadily like a great arch.’
BBC Music Magazine
‘Gergiev’s epic, dark Russian approach presents the music’s glorious harmonies and rich jewel tones. He gives the piece space and the choruses pack amazing punch. The trumpets are sharp and bright and the pace of it has the kind of drama that makes you feel as if you are hearing an opera, no surprise considering Gergiev’s background.’
The Buffalo News
Valery Gergiev, 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 **** Performance ***** Recording 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.
|Conductors||Valery Gergiev, Simon Halsey|
|Performers||London Symphony Chorus,
London Symphony Orchestra
|Soloists||Sally Matthews, Christopher Maltman|
2. German Requiem, Op 45: Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras
3. German Requiem, Op 45: Herr, lehre doch mich
4. German Requiem, Op 45: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
5. German Requiem, Op 45: Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
6. German Requiem, Op 45: Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt
7. German Requiem, Op 45: Selig sind die Toten