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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Reuss, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century

Release Date: 01/04/2019 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 921126  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Carolyn SampsonAndré Morsch
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th CenturyCapella Amsterdam
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johannes Brahms’ consolatory Ein deutsches Requiem receives a fresh and considered interpretation from Daniel Reuss and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. This renowned orchestra took the decision – following the death, some years back, of Frans Brüggen – to retain its founder’s dynamic process of alternating concert tours with recordings. And dispensing with the need for having a principal conductor, the orchestra now works with a range of musicians according to the repertoire being performed. Such a conductor is Daniel Reuss, who is also the artistic director of the Cappella Amsterdam, the choir which has frequently been appearing alongside the orchestra in recent times. A well-received reading of the Beethoven Missa Solemnis Read more involving Reuss and the orchestra was issued by Glossa in 2017 and these musical forces have now turned their attention to Johannes Brahms’ pillar of religious music. Taped in the Rotterdam De Doelen concert hall this new recording involves Carolyn Sampson (soprano) and André Morsch (baritone) as its two soloists, in a version which attempts, as far as it is possible, to get close – in terms of tonal colours, interpretation and tempi – to Brahms’ original intentions. This extraordinary work, here maintaining a sweeping and moving spirit for some 70 minutes, contains texts from Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible and, it is thought, was inspired by the loss of both the composer’s mother and also that of Robert Schumann. Read less

Works on This Recording

German Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), André Morsch (Baritone)
Conductor:  Daniel Reuss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century,  Capella Amsterdam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1868; Austria 

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