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Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem CD

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  • Audio CD (13 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B006LL02PK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ziemlich langsam - Selig sind, die da Leid tragen
2. Langsam, marschmäßig - Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras
3. Andante moderato - Herr, lehre doch mich
4. Mäßig bewegt - Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
5. Langsam - Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
6. Andante - Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt
7. Feierlich - Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herren sterben

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hilton Bennett on 3 Mar. 2013
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Otto Klemperer with his Philharmonia Orchestra - both at their peak - and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau! Anything less than five stars borders on the criminally insane!

Ok, that's over the top. Admittedly I am (surprise, surprise) very fond of Klemperer and the Philharmonia sound. I listened to and bought his reading of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. After a few listens I saw why Beethoven himself held this work in such high esteem. Buying his Brahms Requiem seemed a no-brainer.

If you enjoy other recordings of Klemperer and his Philharmonia (EMI Bruckner, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn) I can virtually guarantee that this work will win you over. The same rich, warm sound, perfect balance and timing are all there.

The sound is also very good given it's vintage and the choral is stunningly - the stuff that at the right volume will have the hair on the back of your neck standing up.

Fischer-Diskau sounds his usual smooth, faultless self (albeit a bit distant) and Schwarzkopf chimes in with a performance that has none of her later "warbling" - some of her last recordings remind me more of a car alarm that a soprano. But not on this work. She is beautiful.

This is a recording that, for me, shows how classical music is at the pinnacle of music as an art form and a spiritual experience. Buy yourself a priceless piece of timeless musical art at a ridiculously low price
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By steppes on 18 Feb. 2013
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a short review. obviously the most memorable passage from this requiem is track 2 'Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras'. for anyone wanting, or indeed needing to hear this as if conducted by solti conducting wagner. then this is the one for you. i have heard this work by gardiner (too mellow) rattle (forgetful-like all his other conducting) and abbado (not bad if truth be told)
but, if, when you hear this piece, you want the heavens to open up and the sky to fall. there is only one klemperer.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By stevieb on 22 July 2014
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Great item, delivered promptly, many thanks.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Peerless recording of classic status 9 Jan. 2013
By YIP Alex - Published on
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This recording is justly famous. The soloists, choir, orchestra and Klemperer were in one mind to bring out the true spirit of Brahms and the work. The recording is still excellent, Fisher-Dieskau is incomparable here. Desert Island disc.
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Magnificent 16 Aug. 2014
By Iliados - Published on
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The audio qualitites may not match modern standards, but that doesn't matter when you listen to this magnificent performance.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great disc. One of Otto Klemperer's finest works of conducting. 10 Dec. 2012
By Pete - Published on
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I love this recording. I kind of wish they had produced it with the full original jacket with cover painting. But in any case its great.
The Giant Requiem for the Giant Himself, Otto Klemperer 17 Mar. 2015
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03-17-2015 This is the March/April 1961 recording of the German Requiem of Brahms, it features the Philharmonia orchestra under Otto Klemperer with soloists soprano Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and the Philharmonia Chorus, with Ralph Downs, organist. Timing for this epic work is a grandiose 69:07. The EMI sound is quite good and was recorded in Kingsway Hall, London.


I was a late comer to Klemperer as I felt much of his leadership bordered on the slow, boring and sluggish side, yet everything I read about the maestro praised his work as dramatic, stunning, moving and top notch, despite the speed, or lack thereof. I finally began to get the point and started collecting some of his releases, careful to choose works with serious intentions. The symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, and as in this review, the German Requiem of Johannes Brahms, filled the bill well. I now, within the last 2-6 years or so, consider him one of the 20th Century's best and most highly regarded conductors. He's also done some terrific Strauss and Wagner, as well.
The opening movement, "Selig sind, die da Leid tragen," gives us 10 minutes even of delicate, tender and consoling music as we gather at the church and then the gravesite, for our goodbyes to the loved one setting off on his/her journey into eternity. The sheer awesomeness of all this is amply conveyed by Maestro Klemperer and his vocal and instrumental forces at hand. When critics call his German Requiem "towering," they have this first section in their reviews as the perfect example of their words of praise. However, there is a one-two punch from this early 1865 masterpiece, when the composer was a mere 35 years old. The 2nd movement completes the beginning impact with the grand fueneral march, "Denn allen fleisch es ist wie Gras," with it's death march of 14:32. The brass and timpani tap out the solemn rhythm with tragic cries from the deep brass, mostly the trombones. The Chorus is suitably mournful and grief stricken, confounded by the sense of loss of their loved one and also the hope that he/she will now suffer no more. Brahms' ability to console is singularly unique in the field of the Requiem Mass, and to
gt anything close to it, one might have to turn back the pages to the 15th/16th Centuries with Palestrina, Tallis, Morales, Victoria etc. Makes me wish he had recorded the Dvorak Requiem and/or Stabat Mater, two woefully under heard and appreciated mammoth Choral works by the Newest member to the great composer's circle. Track #3 is "Herr, lehre doch mich," and features the unique voice of the legendary Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, in prima voce as usual, on behalf of the departed soul, but without a text, a rare and serious error by EMI, I cannot tell you what he is singing. For the newcomer to Classical Music, to Brahms or to Klemperer, this omission is critical, because the great Maestro was so fine at fusing text and this passage is quite heartfelt and an example of great humility, and a desperate leap of faith. This was the part that, at the 1865 premiere, the timpanist misread the sheet music and proceeded to drown out the orchestra and the chorus!! Here, of course, that error is not repeated, thank goodness...
The pastoral beauty and peace of the 4th movement flows over us like a soothing balm, this "Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnugen, played over 5"48as a lovely "cradle song." I cannot help but entertain thoughts of his 2nd Symphony as those tunes enter my heard for a sweetened mixture of harmony, melody and pleasant pacing, the slow Klemperer way. The great Elizabeth Schwarzkopf offers her gorgeous voice for the daughter/parent farewell, with the promise of tender reunion in Paradise. "You may never hear this tender piece played a lovingly as here. It was one of the Soprano's best known efforts.
"Denn wir haben hier keine bleibende Stadt" is perhaps the closest thing to a "Dies Irae" in the German Requiem. After the baritone states the first section , the chorus enters full force with the promise of salvation and then all the forces set off on a long coda awash with glory, praise and honor due Our Heavenly Father. We allknow that this work, avoids the mentioning of Jesus Christ, but Brahms's devotion to the Father seems to have hbeen quite healthy and plentiful. Why this is, I have never understood, and maybe never will. I disagree very much with the composer, but that doesn't diminish my admiration for this GREAT Mass for the Dead. The closing Chorus is nearly identical to the opener, with some of the same text and the same message, and the tapering down of the orchestra to the delicate touch of the harps, lends an angelic tone to the whole segment. Finally, paradise is within view, we can even hear the angels songs of welcome to the souls now being admitted to Our Father's Kingdom. At last, we can rest, peace in our hearts knowing that our loved one has attained everlasting life. An overwhelming idea, and truly impossible for our finite brains and minds to really understand and comprehend, we must accept it on faith alone.
Best wishes for hours of wonderfully fulfilling listening, as this release will provide you with what could be a life-changing experience. Is Otto Klemperer in Heaven??? Listening repeatedly to this recording of his, I find it difficult to say "no." But, I don't really know for sure, as, again, these things must be dealt with using faith. A solid 5 Star award and a very high recommendation, God bless you and yours, Tony.
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