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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Seaton, Campbell, et al

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
>Brahms, Johannes : Geistliches Lied, Op. 30
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Much has been written about the inspiration for Brahms' masterpiece, but less time has been spent on its performance history. After incomplete performances in Vienna in 1867 and in Bremen in 1868, the first complete performance, conducted by Carl Reinecke was given in Leipzig in 1869. The first public English performance was given in April 1873 under the auspices of the Philharmonic Society. However, the first real performance in Great Britain occurred on July 7, 1871 at the house of Sir Henry Thompson, the distinguished surgeon. Due to lack of space, the orchestral part had to be played on two pianos and this arrangement, by Brahms himself, was originally intended for the enjoyment of amateur performers. As performed on this recording, the reduction in accompanying forces throws a fascinating light on the soloists and chorus, giving listeners a unique way to hear this piece.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
  • Performers: Claire Seaton (Soprano); Jeremy Filsell (Piano); Roderick Chadwick (Piano); Colin Campbell (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Ensemble: Vasari Singers
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (10/24/2003-10/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 58 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1857-1868

>Brahms, Johannes : Geistliches Lied, Op. 30
  • Performers: Claire Seaton (Soprano); Jeremy Filsell (Piano); Roderick Chadwick (Piano); Colin Campbell (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
  • Ensemble: Vasari Singers
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (10/24/2003-10/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1856