Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

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Brahms

Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45

Anna Lucia Richter sop Stephan Genz bar MDR Leipzig

Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop

Naxos (F) 8 572996 (64'. DDD * T/t)

Alsop tops out Naxos Brahms cycle with Leipzig Requiem

Following her fine set of the Brahms symphonies on Naxos with the LPO, Marin Alsop has here moved to Leipzig for the German Requiem. It's a swift performance, well over 10 minutes shorter than the other CD performances I have to hand. Too swift, in places. In the first movement, the rising oboe phrase is so matter-of-fact as to be almost wooden. The sombre march of 'Denn alies Fleisch'--at 14 minutes, compared to Yannick Nezet-Seguin's 17--lacks weight. At a first hearing, Alsop seemed to skate over 'Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen', taken at a flowing one-in-a-bar; and the choir's staccato at the beginning of 'Denn wir haben hie' sounded exaggerated.

Listening a second and a third time proved instructive. …

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