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Brahms and Friends: Choral Works of Brahms, Clara Schumann, Carl Reinecke, Robert Fuchs et al. / Berlin Chamber Choir; Stefan Rauh

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Fünf Gesänge Op. 104
>Schumann, Clara W. : Drei gemischte Chöre
>Reinecke, Carl : Fünf Lieder für gemischten Chor a cappella Op. 58
>Dietrich, Albert : Sechs Lieder für vierstimmigen gemischten Chor Op. 21
>Jenner, Gustav Uwe : Die Zeit geht schnell, for chorus
>Jenner, Gustav Uwe : Herz mich ein wenig, for chorus
>Jenner, Gustav Uwe : Du herzig braunes Mägdelein, for chorus
>Jenner, Gustav Uwe : Gute Nacht, for chorus
>Koessler, Hans : Neun Gesänge für gemischten Chor a cappella
>Fuchs, Robert : Acht Lieder für gemischten Chor Op. 64
>Herzogenberg, Heinrich von : Sechs Gesänge für gemischten Chor a cappella Op. 57
>Reinthaler, Karl : Fünf Lieder Op. 30
>Reinthaler, Karl : Sechs vierstimmige Lieder Op. 8
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Notes & Reviews:

Johannes Brahms’ choral works sometimes stand in the shadow of his grand symphonic works, but the composer thoroughly appreciated the vocal sound body as an instrument, conducted choirs himself, and wrote exciting music for this genre. The CD “Brahms and His Friends” however directs our focus only briefly towards the composer’s oeuvre and turns to other composers of music at that time: Clara Schumann, Carl Reinthaler, Carl Reinecke, Albert Dietrich, Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Robert Fuchs, Hans Koessler and Gustav Jenner – they were all, at various occasions, in close contact with Johannes Brahms; Jenner was actually the only student whom the composer taught. But they were all devotees and nevertheless appreciated his music and judgements despite Brahms’ sometimes surly reactions to requests made by younger colleagues: “They all come with music folders under their arm and want to play their compositions for me. I don’t want to hear bad music; and if I want to hear good music, I can compose my own!” For this CD, selected friends of Brahms have been assembled and present the listener with works for polyphonic choir. The Kammerchor Berlin under the leadership of Stefan Rauh displays impressive sensitivity to this frequently ignored choral literature, and shines a spotlight on certain pieces that would otherwise waste away – unjustly! – in the darkness of the music archives.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
This is of interest for a couple of reasons. First, most of us have never encountered the music, and there are some pleasant songs here. Clara Schumann's 'Evening Banquet in Venice' is actually a juicy Ave Maria that gets the bells tolling along the Adriatic. Two of the zippiest songs on the program (the only two zippy songs on the program, come to think of it) are by Albert Dietrich (1829-1908), a student of Robert Schumann who was coached by both Brahms and the great violinist, Joseph Joachim. I also suspect you'll have fun listening to the music of the unknowns, then reading the biographical notes to find out who they were and how they were connected to Brahms. The choir is good. Translations and informative mini-bios are there to help you pass the time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Fünf Gesänge Op. 104 :: Letztes Glück
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Ensemble: Berlin Kammerchor
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1888

>Brahms, Johannes : Fünf Gesänge Op. 104 :: Nachtwache I
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1888

>Schumann, Clara W. : Drei gemischte Chöre :: Abenfeier in Venedig
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1848

>Schumann, Clara W. : Drei gemischte Chöre :: Gondoliera
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1848

>Reinecke, Carl : Fünf Lieder für gemischten Chor a cappella Op. 58 :: Morgenlied
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Reinecke, Carl : Fünf Lieder für gemischten Chor a cappella Op. 58 :: Frühlingsdrang
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Dietrich, Albert : Sechs Lieder für vierstimmigen gemischten Chor Op. 21 :: Frühlingsdrang
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dietrich, Albert : Sechs Lieder für vierstimmigen gemischten Chor Op. 21 :: Jagdlied
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Jenner, Gustav Uwe : Die Zeit geht schnell, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Jenner, Gustav Uwe : Herz mich ein wenig, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Jenner, Gustav Uwe : Du herzig braunes Mägdelein, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Jenner, Gustav Uwe : Gute Nacht, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Koessler, Hans : Neun Gesänge für gemischten Chor a cappella :: ich hab zur letzten guten Nacht
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Koessler, Hans : Neun Gesänge für gemischten Chor a cappella :: Wanderers Nachtlied
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Koessler, Hans : Neun Gesänge für gemischten Chor a cappella :: Es fällt ein Stern
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Koessler, Hans : Neun Gesänge für gemischten Chor a cappella :: Einsamkeit
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Fuchs, Robert : Acht Lieder für gemischten Chor Op. 64 :: Das kranke Mädchen
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Fuchs, Robert : Acht Lieder für gemischten Chor Op. 64 :: Die Nachtigall
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Herzogenberg, Heinrich von : Sechs Gesänge für gemischten Chor a cappella Op. 57 :: In der Nacht
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Reinthaler, Karl : Fünf Lieder Op. 30 :: Komm, Nachtigall
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Reinthaler, Karl : Sechs vierstimmige Lieder Op. 8 :: Gute Nacht
  • Conductor: Stefan Rauh
  • Notes: Christuskirche, Berlin Oberschöneweide (09/26/2014-09/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic