Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 [German Requiem] (with works by Schutz)

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JOHANNES BRAHMS
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 [German Requiem] (with works by Schutz)
Katharine Fuge (soprano), Matthew Brook (bass) / Monteverdi Choir / Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner

[ Soli Deo Gloria / CD ]

Release Date: Sunday 20 May 2012

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"You know you're in safe hands with the Monteverdis and the pitch-perfect top A at 2'04''...absolutely confirms it...a minutely considered, dramatic and, in places, aptly disturbing performance."
(Gramophone Editor's Choice May 2012)

"The warmth and clarity of John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir makes it a compelling exponent of the two Schütz works presented here...the Brahms begins beautifully with an even richer choral sound...[Denn alles Fleisch] can often get bogged down with overbearing morbidity. Not so here, thanks to Gardiner's agile, slow-waltz tempo and choral dexterity."
(BBC Music)

"Schütz's radiant Psalm 84, gloriously sung by the Monteverdi Choir, almost steals the show here...The big C major fugue [of the Requiem] is particularly rousing and the lovely Wie lieblich exquisite. Gardiner is right that Brahms demands flexibility of tempo, but overdoes it in the final number, missing the grand sweep of the opening melody with too fast a tempo."
(Sunday Times)

"This is a very impressive new recording....Gardiner conducts with warmth and the textures of the work...have a vibrancy and immediacy that is wholly to its advantage...he makes a compelling case for his tempo choices...this new version is uncommonly good, and will surely delight anyone wanting to hear the German Requiem on period instruments."
(International Record Review)

"Brook might not be the high-cholesterol baritone often favoured in classic recordings...but a hint of reediness in his tone seems appropriate for one yearning to know the measure of his days...The star of the German Requiem, though, it always the choir. You know you're in safe hands with the Monteverdis and the pitch-perfect top A at 2'04''...absolutely confirms it...a minutely considered, dramatic and, in places, aptly disturbing performance."
(Gramophone Editor's Choice May 2012)