Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op 45

Magazine article Gramophone

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op 45

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Brahms

Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45

Christiane Libor sop Thomas E Bauer bar Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra / Antoni Wit

Naxos [S] 8 573061 (75' * DDD * T/t)

Also available on [Br] NBD0039

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A fine-sounding, sensitively paced German Requiem with good, fairly chaste choral singing and an especially impressive baritone in Thomas E Bauer. Tempi are on the broad side, the opening 'Selig sind' rapt and cleanly balanced. Amazing the variety of interpretations that have extended our view of the piece in recent years, especially Sir John Eliot Gardiner's, his swiftly lunging first bars of'Selig sind die Toten' so different to Antoni Wit's ochre-tinted reverential prayer. Gardiner also treads a nifty 'Denn alles Fleisch' with raw brass and battling timps setting the scene for a humbling, even terrifying first climax. Antoni Wit opts for a more magisterial, Klemperer-like approach, less warlike than Gardiner and with patiently warning horns pushing the pressure from 2'27". There's an imposing cry of'Aber des Herrn Wort bleibet in Ewigkeit' from 9'30", too, and a trenchant, rhythmically forceful reading of the more obdurate-sounding music that follows. …

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