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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Nearly twenty years separate this and my favourite Brahms Requiem, by the same conductor and the same choir, both with very fine orchestras and soloists. There is little difference in the interpretations - Karajan tended to stick to a favoured formula once he found it worked. Both are very poised, grand and dignified, stately of tread and noble in utterance - no perky jog-trotting à la Gardiner. I can understand some being impatient with the weightiness of Karajan's approach but I do not find that it turns flaccid and I am convinced by his firm, over-arching grip on proceedings which confers unity and serenity on the work. For me, a key point is this work is always the "Aber des Herrn Wort" heralding the fugue concluding the second movement - and Karajan does not disappoint with his monumental attack and Schwung, although the later version is even more thrilling.

Differences between his older and newer versions reside mainly in quality of sound - the 1964 recording is a bit recessed, muffled and papery whereas the latest recording is in superb digital sound - and the fact that the 1983 Wiener Singverein are superior in weight, tone, bite and unity to their earlier selves. Good though he is, Eberhard Waechter is not as steady and gravely beautiful as the hieratic José van Dam in 1983. On the other hand, nobody beats Gundula Janowitz in floating a heavenly line and Karajan allows her considerably more time and space to make her points than he does for the nonetheless excellent Barbara Hendricks.

This is now available very cheaply with full a texts and notes whereas the digital disc is usually considerably more expensive, so a Janowitz fan or anyone wanting a bargain introduction and prepared to compromise a little on sound quality will not be disappointed.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2005
Brahms wrote his German requiem (aptly titeld "*A* german requiem, and he later preferred to substitute "Mankind" for the word "German") around some tragic events in his life: the death of his mother, of his friend Robert Schumann, of the fierce but unanswered love he felt for Clara Wieck. This choral work, well over 70 minutes long, touches the soul like a breathtaking journey into death itself - not frightening and painful, but comforting and full of consolation. The recording quality is outstanding, the performance of the choir and orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan, even more so. At this price, I'd say don't hesitate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2011
Though not a recent recording the quality is excellent. Chorus, Solists and Orchestra superb under the baton of Von Karajan.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2002
it is impossible to avoid superlatives about this disc, tempting to say- "just listen....." Brahms' masterpiece, Karajan,his BPO & the Wiener Singverein with Janowitz & Waechter in a performance that is a reference for them all. when my grandson asks "what was he -or she- really like?" I'll just put this on- for any of the participants. Buy several!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2012
Very happy with the quality of this CD and what is an amazing performance. No hesitation in recommending this to others
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on 27 January 2014
I didn't really know what to expect with this album, having heard just one movement of the 7 on classic FM, but it is a lovely piece. It perhaps lacks the drama of Mozart's requiem, or the beauty of Faure's, but then they are true masterpieces.

This, judged on its own, is a good-quality recording of a very good, beautiful, piece of choral music.
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on 6 November 2013
I already knew this as a classic recording having had a vinyl copy for many years. It's great now to hear it without the accompanying scratches.
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
One of Brahms' best! Beautiful, moving, uplifting.
Pure joy. Not enough words to describe it so listen to it, it won't disappoint.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2013
This is a disappointing offering from a label which generally assures quality. The sound levels are very low and muted, verging on the "fuzzy"-the sound needs to be turned up louder than normal which has the effect of distorting the sound even further.I am most unhappy with this product.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2010
Some of the Mass was familiar to me; other parts I'd never listened to. It was very satisfying to hear the whole piece, beautifully rendered. I have no complaints.
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