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Brahms A German Requiem / Nezet-Seguin, LPO

Release Date: 04/27/2010 
Label:  Lpo   Catalog #: 45   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elizabeth WattsStèphane Degout
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem should be mandatory for anyone (and there are many) who has ever uttered a disparaging or ill-considered word against its composer. Under the conspicuously talented Yannick Nézet-Séguin, it shone, it thundered, it inspired all-enveloping awe and consolation. ... As that richly consoling alliance between cellos and violas offered solace in lamentation from the opening bars of Brahms's requiem, and the chorus's words "Blessed are they that mourn" left one in no doubt as to its grateful recipients, Yannick Nézet-Séguin's labour of love on a work he clearly reveres put not a foot wrong. With sensitive, articulate singing from the London Philharmonic Choir, the fine Read more balance between the work's deep compassion and its death-defying exultation was memorably achieved. Awe was duly forthcoming as the mighty cortège of "Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras" rolled out, low horns and pounding timpani accentuating its black splendour, and those fugal codas were properly rollocking, hopeful affairs – blasts from the past powering towards the future. A requiem for the living, then, and at its heart, one soprano solo: Elizabeth Watts's prowess in Strauss served her well in this seraphic movement, the still, small, maternal voice of comfort for us all." -- The Independent (U.K.), reviewing a concert from the time this recording was made
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Works on This Recording

German Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Stèphane Degout (Baritone)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/04/2009 
Venue:  Southbank Centre, London 

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