Notes & Reviews:
Like all great music, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem contains a universal message that goes beyond the circumstances of the work's conception, 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.
American Record Guide, November/December 2012
So, much to my surprise, I prefer the K&K release; it penetrates to one's soul. German and English texts are supplied. Still, there are grander and more impressive performances, as listed in our Overview (S/O 2006), notably Klemperer (EMI), Levine (RCA), and Karajan.
BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
Kegel, often underappreciated, directs a magnificently gripping German Requiem. Stalwart soloists, quite exceptional singing from the Leipzig Rundfunkchor.
Recording information: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig (10/1985).
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- Conductor: Herbert Kegel
- Ensemble: Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra Chorus
- Running Time: 71 min. 16 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1857-1868