Brahms: Requiem / Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale

Release Date: 4/8/2008
Catalog Number: HMG501608
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Performance: *****/Sound: ***** Though Philippe Herreweghe made his reputation in early music, his recent discography has crept ever forwards, with oratorios by Mendelssohn, and works by Schumann and Berlioz featuring prominently. So Brahms is a natural progression, and since the composer’s own deep interest in older masters suffuses the Requiem, an early-music background comes in handy. The singing of his combined choirs is a joy: finely schooled and immaculately balanced, yet with feeling in the tone. It took me only a few bars to get used to the vibrato-free string sound, and both conductor and sound engineers enable us to hear a maximum of orchestral detail. The soloists, too, prove well suited to their tasks." -- George Hall, BBC Music

"Herreweghe leads a deeply involved performance, into which he lets a great deal of light ... Chorus and orchestra are magnificent throughout." -- Fanfare
Works on This Recording
1. German Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Gerald Finley (Baritone), Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854-1868 ; Austria
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