Notes & Reviews:
BBC Music Magazine
As an account of one of Brahms's most personal works this version remains curiously uninvolving.
Spano's interpretation pays acute attention to the communicative traffic between singers and instruments. ... the choir's many hushed pianissimi (and excellent German) allow the big cadence points of each movement truly to blaze.
The star of this show is the vast Atlanta Symphony Chorus, the pianissimo of whose 200 singers is an awesome sound. So, too, is their threatening crescendo molto in Denn Alles Fleisch. They create graceful lines of sound in Wie Lieblich, with the 50 tenors relishing the top Gs and none of them shirking the As. They deserve better soloists than the baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, whose gruff, lived-in voice lacks freshness. Elsewhere, the soprano Twyla Robinson's voice is oversweet, even sickly, at times. The orchestra has depth and power, but seems to want to canter away from Spano's over-moderate speeds.
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Works DetailsBrahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
- Performers: Mariusz Kwiecien (Baritone); Twyla Robinson (Soprano)
- Conductor: Robert Spano
- Ensemble: Atlanta Symphony Chorus
- Notes: Symphony Hall of the Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (11/03/2007-11/05/2007)
- Running Time: 66 min. 42 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1857-1868