Notes and Editorial Reviews
Brahms’s choral music ranges from the severe magnificence of the Fest- und Gedenk-sprüche to the ravishing opulence of the Op.17 Songs for female voices, horns and harp. Brahms conducted amateur choirs throughout his professional life, both as a useful source of income and because he enjoyed his contact with enthusiastic, amateur music-makers, not least the ladies
in his various choirs. It also gave him a chance to explore music of former eras, by Bach, Schütz, Buxtehude and more, which
Brahms considered a vital part of his musical heritage and which, practically speaking, he was bringing back to life in a culture that barely knew its own history.We may with some justice speak of Brahms the period- instrument pioneer.
These splendid modern performances come from a choir of a similar size to the
one Brahms would have recognised, and are directed by the experienced choral trainer Nicol Matt.