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Brahms's Deutsches Requiem: Three Major Early Recordings of the German Requiem, and How Gramophone Rated Them

Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms's Deutsches Requiem: Three Major Early Recordings of the German Requiem, and How Gramophone Rated Them

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APRIL 1948

Brahms A German Requiem, Op 45

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf sop

Hans Hotter bar VPO / Herbert von Karajan

Columbia @ LX1055-64 (ten 12" * 79s 7d)

The performance is not always technically perfect from the recording point of view but I am quite willing to put up with some minor defects for the continual insight shown by the conductor, the fine discipline of the chorus, the splendid soloists and the complete conviction with which every bar is sung. The recording of chorus and orchestra present the engineers with formidable problems; but a performance so truly inspired as this makes one reluctant to mention such things. Alec Robertson

APRIL 1956

Brahms A German Requiem, Op 45

Elisabeth Grummer sop Dietrich

Fischer-Dieskau bar BPO / Rudolf Kempe

HMV @ ALPS1351/2 (two 12" * 65s 4 1/2d)

Rudolf Kempe keeps the music moving in the long opening movement and also in the closing movement which has the same metronome mark. Elisabeth Grummer sings her solo with beautiful tone and deep feeling, slightly (but only slightly) marred by an occasional unevenness and a 'catching' of the microphone. She manages the diminuendo at the end of the movement excellently and in general I prefer her performance to those of either Stader or Schwarzkopf. …

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