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Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts Brahms: Requiem, Symphony no. 1

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This previously released disc (1988 and 2000) is taken from a concert in Stockholm on November 19, 1948. This is the performance to hear if you are interested in Furtwangler's interpretation of the Requiem as he led a reading of unusual intensity on this date. Technical perfection won't be found here, but the missed notes and moments of ragged ensemble in no way detract from this reading. This recording was digitally restored in 2008.

If you're interested in Furtwängler's views on the German Requiem, this is the performance to hear. Furtwängler led a reading of unusual intensity on this date. It's not that he emphasizes the music's contrasts, although these are given their due. It's more a matter of how he makes the music flow from one measure, phrase, section, and movement to the next; this is A German Requiem as a broad, inexorable river taking the listener to the peace of the afterlife.

Classical Net - Raymond Tuttle
If you're interested in FurtwSngler's views on the German Requiem, this is the performance to hear. FurtwSngler led a reading of unusual intensity on this date. It's not that he emphasizes the music's contrasts, although these are given their due. It's more a matter of how he makes the music flow from one measure, phrase, section, and movement to the next; this is A German Requiem as a broad, inexorable river taking the listener to the peace of the afterlife. There is comfort here, but it never cloys or is sentimentalized. Strength provides the drama, not the application of sweetness or spurious effects. Although the two Swedish soloists are provincial, the chorus gives a strong, inspired performance, and the orchestra holds its own. Technical perfection won't be found here, but the missed notes and moments of ragged ensemble in no way detract from this reading.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konserthuset, Stockholm (11/19/1948).



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>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
  • Performers: Kerstin Lindberg-Torlind (Soprano); Bernhard Sonnerstedt (Voice)
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Ensemble: Stockholm Concerts Associations Orchestra
  • Running Time: 78 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1857-1868