Brahms: German Requiem; Schutz / Fuge, Brook, Gardiner

Release Date: 3/27/2012
Catalog Number: SDG 706
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem is presented along pieces by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) which might have inspired its composition, giving the listener a new insight into the composer’s mind and music making. Deeply moving, profound, and powerful, the Requiem is central to our understanding of Brahms’ compositional personality and inner spiritual life. Behind its dramatic gestures and 19th century grandeur, it reveals Brahms’ obsessions with folk-songs and the music of the past. The libretto, assembled by Brahms himself based on the Lutheran Bible, makes it a definitive personal statement of his position in matters of religion. The booklet includes a note by composer Hugh Wood, explaining how the pieces relate to each other and giving a moving account of Brahms as a composer and as a man.
Works on This Recording
1. Selig sind die Toten by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Matthew Brook (Baritone), Katharine Fuge (Soprano)
2. Psalms of David, Op. 2: Wie lieblich sind, SWV 29 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer: Matthew Brook (Baritone), Katharine Fuge (Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1619 ; Germany
3. German Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Matthew Brook (Baritone), Katharine Fuge (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854-1868 ; Austria
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