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Brahms: Requiem / Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale

Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501608   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christiane OelzeGerald Finley
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium VocaleChamps-Élysées OrchestraLa Chapelle Royale Paris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Performance: *****/Sound: ***** Though Philippe Herreweghe made his reputation in early music, his recent discography has crept ever forwards, with oratorios by Mendelssohn, and works by Schumann and Berlioz featuring prominently. So Brahms is a natural progression, and since the composer’s own deep interest in older masters suffuses the Requiem, an early-music background comes in handy. The singing of his combined choirs is a joy: finely schooled and immaculately balanced, yet with feeling in the tone. It took me only a few bars to get used to the vibrato-free string sound, and both conductor and sound engineers enable us to hear a maximum of orchestral detail. The soloists, too, prove well suited to their tasks." -- George Read more Hall, BBC Music

"Herreweghe leads a deeply involved performance, into which he lets a great deal of light ... Chorus and orchestra are magnificent throughout." -- Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

German Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christiane Oelze (Soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra,  La Chapelle Royale Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1/1996 
Venue:  Live Montreux, Switzerland 

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