The Piano Concerto in D minor which premiered in 1859 was universally detested, so Johannes Brahms dedicated his attention to composing extended chamber works. Eventually he reworked an abandoned slow movement of the concerto into a choral setting of the chorale "Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras." This became a cantata, which in time was extended to six movements with solos for soprano and baritone called 'A German Requiem.' The deaths of his mother and his mentor, Robert Schumann, made Brahms contemplate mortality. The composer denied that the Requiem was specifically for Schumann, but rather for "the whole of humanity." 'A German Requiem' does not move audiences with fire and brimstone but instead touches the heartRead more with its serenity.
This recording is one of a series called "Great Recordings of the Century" and it lives up to its name. Soprano Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau were at the peak of their form when this recording was made and make memorable solo contributions. The Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus are under the direction of one of the century's greatest conductors, Otto Klemperer. Klemperer paces things superbly, with devastating impact in the magnificent sarabande of the second movement.
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"Klemperer's stoic reading, clear-eyed and often quite quick, with its superb solo contribution from Fischer-Dieskau, takes us close to the work's emotional, theological and musical sources. It remains, with the 1948 Karajan recording . . . a uniquely revealing account of the work." -- Gramophone Read less
Works on This Recording
German Requiem, Op. 45by Johannes Brahms Performer:
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano),
Ralph Downes (Organ)
Period: Romantic Written: 1854-1868; Austria Date of Recording: 1961 Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England Length: 69 Minutes 9 Secs. Language: German
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Ziemlich langsam - Selig sind, die da Leid tragen
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Langsam, marschmäßig - Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Andante moderato - Herr, lehre doch mich
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Mäßig bewegt - Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Langsam - Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Andante - Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Feierlich - Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herren sterben
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Great music at my fingertipsApril 16, 2012By D. Malkus (Madison , WI)See All My Reviews"One cannot overestimate the capacity of the Brahms German Requiem to comfort the grieving. I doubt one can find a performance that reaches out more more gently than this one. When I needed it, Arkiv's simple download process let it get to my iTunes and to my ears in a pleasingly short time."Report Abuse
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