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Brahms: A German Requiem

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  • Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Philharmonia Chorus
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Otto Klemperer
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00002439A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Herbert Blomstedt well understands the virtues of simplicity, making this direct and refreshing performance of Brahms's ubiquitous choral masterpiece the best available since the famous Klemperer/EMI recording. Without feeling any need to indulge in saccharine expressiveness, the Swedish conductor's work is all the more moving for being so excitingly played and sung. No funereal gloom here, just the sweet solace that Brahms clearly intended. --David Hurwitz

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I would agree that this is not the only version of this work to cherish. However, it is in my view the definitive version against which others are judged. It is a grand, imposing magnificent performance and I simply disagree that Schwartzkopf's performance is disappointing. Her style is very different to many of today's performers but in my view her singing has an ethereal quality, as in Strauss' Four Last Songs. I find this performance much more satisfying than the Gardner version, which I also have, and I am not sure why this should be. I am an enthusiast for almost everything that Gardner does as a rule, but strangely not in this case.

When I bought this I also bought the version by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, which has only two players on a period Bosendorfer piano as accompaniment, as written by Brahms in order to widen the performance of his work. This too is magnificent but must be regarded as a totally different work to the orchestral one. It lacks the orchestral colours of the "normal" version but allows the vocal aspect to shine, bringing out detail which is otherwise masked by the orchestration. The contrast between the two performances could not be greater, yet I would not be without either of them.
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This is a great recording of this music. The sound is so rich and full. The soloists are the best one can imagine. The orchestra has this broad mature sound that suits this music so perfectly.
The Klemperer reading focuses on the broad lines.
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Definetly overpraised performance. There are splendid moments which are rather special (2nd movment), but this CD is not "only one to have" Deutsches Requiem. Sound itself is good for early 1960s when recording was made. Schwarzkopf singing is realy dissapointing. There is no phatos in her brief entry. Fischer-Dieskau and Chorus are much, much better. Buy this CD because it is historical document and there are some magical moments in this performance, but as I already said this performance is not "only one to have and cherish".
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Just sublime, perfectly performed and recorded. Bliss
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I chose this CD as a gift for a friend who loves Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' and this semed to be the best I could buy. I would recommend it to anyone of similar tastes.
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