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Brahms: Choral Works Vol 3 / Albrecht, Et Al


Release Date: 07/27/2004 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10215   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Stig Fogh AndersenAnna Larsson
Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio ChoirDanish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Of the three works presented on this CD, the Rhapsody for Contralto, Male Chorus, and Orchestra (for short, the Alto Rhapsody) is probably the one likely to be best known to most readers. Its three strung-together sections follow verses from Goethe’s poem, Harzreise im Winter, a kind of Winterreise tale about rejection, dejection, and lonely wandering in the wilderness. Only in the last section does the all-male chorus join the contralto to sing one of the most heart-easing melodies of consolation Brahms ever wrote...

Gesang der Parzen (“Song of the Fates”), op. 89, is a fairly late work, dating from 1882. It is based upon the Priestess’s monologue from Goethe’s Iphigenie auf Tauris. Like many of Brahms’s works from this
Read more period, the writing is tightly compressed and presses forward with a sense of impending doom...

Rinaldo, op. 50, is a much earlier work. Most often referred to as a cantata, Rinaldo actually has much in common with the large Lisztian Goethe ballades depicting scenes of knights on Crusade performing manly deeds both on and off the battlefield, and the machinations of enchantresses and their magic potions. In fact, Rinaldo is based on an episode from Tasso, a source Liszt also turned to for one of his tone poems. One does not usually associate this type of thing with Brahms, but I imagine even he let his hair down once in awhile, and Rinaldo is nothing if not a riotous rout...

A companion disc to the present one (Chandos 10165) contains Brahms’s other fairly well known concerted choral works, Schicksalslied, Nänie, Triumphlied, and Ave Maria. That in turn is joined by A German Requiem (Chandos 10071), which I reviewed in Fanfare 27:5. All are with the same forces, Gerd Albrecht leading the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir. I will repeat what I said in my review of the Requiem, and that is that I believe this to be one of the finest choral organizations performing today. Their ensemble balance, richness of tone, and perfect dovetailing with the orchestra are magnificent...

- Jerry Dubins, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rinaldo, Op. 50 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Stig Fogh Andersen (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1868; Austria 
2.
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anna Larsson (Alto)
Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
3.
Gesang der Parzen, Op. 89 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Austria 

Sound Samples

Gesang der Parzen, Op. 89
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53: Rhapsodie (Rhapsody), Op. 53
Rinaldo, Op. 50: Zu dem Strande! Zu der Barke! (Chorus)
Rinaldo, Op. 50: Stelle her der goldnen Tag Paradiese (Rinaldo)
Rinaldo, Op. 50: Zuruck nur! Zurucke! (Chorus)
Rinaldo, Op. 50: Zum zweiten Male (Rinaldo)
Rinaldo, Op. 50: Segel schwellen (Chorus)

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