Notes & Reviews:
This live recording of Brahms' "German Requiem" gains even more intensity through the occasion of its performance. + On September 25, 2010, the Dominik-Brunner Foundation organized a memorial concert for Dominik Brunner, the man who paid with his life for his courageous defense of four children from attackers in a Munich commuter train one year before. +The Munich Radio Orchestra, Münchener Bach-Choir, under the direction of Hansjörg Albrecht, performed Brahms' famous Requiem. Based on texts from Luther's Bible, Brahms' work is characterized by the fact that, in contrast to the Catholic requiem, its texts do not center around the dead, but on the survivors, or one could say, on man in general. The work clearly reflects Brahms' own beliefs, fears and experiences and is thus a deeply human and personal avowal in word and sound.
The technical quality of this performance is excellent on the part of the conductor, orchestra, soloists, and chorus... This is a fine and dedicated performance of the Brahms Requiem from which the listener comes away with a better understanding of the music and its message... this is a good one to have.
Recording information: Philharmonie im Gasteig, München (09/25/2010).
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Works DetailsBrahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
- Running Time: 67 min. 10 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1857-1868