Brahms- German Requiem, Op. 45 (2014)

Brahms

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Brahms’s German Requiem holds a unique place within the repertory of great works for chorus and orchestra to religious texts. Neither the setting of the liturgical Requiem Mass, nor a narrative oratorio or Passion, it is rather a deeply personal mediation on mortality to texts from the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha of Luther’s bible. Brahms’s intimate biblical knowledge, arising from Christian upbringing, enabled him to select and juxtapose sixteen different passages, some very brief, to express his religious outlook which, though Christian by association, make no reference to Christ’s name, though his words are quoted in movements 1 and 5. Though the texts express hope in the hereafter, the emphasis is on the comfort of the bereaved, not on the judgment of the departed. It can well be seen as inclining towards the growing secular humanism of the later 19th century: indeed, when Brahms’s religious orthodoxy was challenged when he first presented the work for performance, he was as happy to call it a ‘Human Requiem’.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

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Brahms- German Requiem, Op. 45 (2014)

Brahms

London Symphony Orchestra

    The Buffalo News

Gergiev’s epic, dark Russian approach presents the music’s glorious harmonies and rich jewel tones. He gives the piece space and the choruses pack amazing punch. The trumpets are sharp and bright and the pace of it has the kind of drama that makes you feel as if you are hearing an opera, no surprise considering Gergiev’s background.

    BBC Music Magazine

The dark, veiled strings at the opening (Brahms with a slight Russian Orthodox accent?) are very impressive. So too is the sense of the first movement rising and falling steadily like a great arch.

    Fanfare

Maltman sings beautifully... The chorus and orchestra perform well…

    Classical Music Sentinel

The LSO sound is immaculate and its players are up to satisfying every interpretive nuance the conductor requires of them. The chorus is solid and beautifully balanced and is especially pleasing in the fourth movement, Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen.

Brahms- German Requiem, Op. 45 (2014)

Brahms

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Jonathan Stokes
Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. JOnathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson
Recording location: Barbican London
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German Requiem, Op. 45- i. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen
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German Requiem, Op. 45- ii. Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras
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German Requiem, Op. 45- iii. Herr, lehre doch mich
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German Requiem, Op. 45- iv. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
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German Requiem, Op. 45- v. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
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German Requiem, Op. 45- vi. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt
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German Requiem, Op. 45- vii. Selig sind die Toten
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