Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem

SDG 706 | 1 CD

Katharine Fuge / Matthew Brook
The Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
John Eliot Gardiner

Following on from the success of the Brahms Symphonies series, this release is the last in the Brahms series recorded live during the tours, in 2007 and 2008, when John Eliot Gardiner and his ensembles explored the music of Johannes Brahms. As for the Symphonies, the Requiem too is presented alongside choral music which Brahms would have known, two works by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) which use the same text as two of the German Requiem movements.

Deeply moving, profound, and powerful, the German Requiem is central to our understanding of Brahms' compositional personality and inner spiritual life. Behind its dramatic gestures and 19th century grandeur, it reveals Brahms' firm foundation in the music of the past. The libretto, which Brahms compiled himself, is based on the Lutheran Bible, and has been seen as a personal statement of his religious convictions.

The album features soloists Katharine Fuge (soprano) and Matthew Brook (baritone), both former members of the Monteverdi Choir.


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Tracks in the album:

01Heinrich Schütz - Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen SWV 298:07
01Heinrich Schütz - Selig sind die Toten SWV 3914:04
Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem Op.45
031. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen10:45Bundle only
042. Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras12:43Bundle only
053. Herr, lehre doch mich8:34Bundle only
064. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen5:11Bundle only
075. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit7:22Bundle only
086. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt10:40Bundle only
097. Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herrn sterben10:00Bundle only

Total Playing Time: 1:17:25