Notes & Reviews:
Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra present Brahms's greatest choral work, the German Requiem, featuring soprano Sally Matthews and baritone Christopher Maltman. Gergiev's first Brahms release on LSO Live, which featured the Symphonies Nos.1 & 2, the Tragic Overture and Haydn Variations, was highly acclaimed by the worldwide press. Intended to be for 'all humanity,' the German Requiem is a powerful and deeply moving 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.
MusicWeb International, 29th June 2014
[Maltman] is outstanding; firm of tone, passionate in declamation and excellent of diction...The LSC, meticulously prepared by their director Simon Halsey, cope superbly for most of the time. Their corporate tone for the 'big moments' is shatteringly powerful.
BBC Music Magazine, September 2014
The dark, veiled string 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. But the sentiments in the second movement...seem to have acted as a damper on the collective spirit...Maltman is on fine stirring form.
Recording information: The Barbican, London (03/30/2013-03/31/2013).
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- Performers: Sally Matthews (Soprano); Christopher Maltman (Bass Baritone)
- Conductor: Valery Gergiev
- Ensemble: London Symphony Chorus
- Notes: The Barbican, London (03/30/2013-03/31/2013)
- Running Time: 63 min. 24 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Choral
- Written: 1857-1868