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BRAHMS - A GERMAN REQUIEM

A meditation on life and death

Whereas some Requiem Masses are gripping, dizzying spectacles like Verdi’s; heartfelt yet emotionally contained like Mozart’s; or steamroller-overpowering like Berlioz,’ Brahms gathers his flock to lead it skyward or rather: heavenward, to God. His “German” Requiem reaches out to comfort the living through religious texts not traditionally associated with the Requiem Mass. The result is a work of great intensity that speaks to people of all faiths, believers and non-believers alike.

In this concert recorded at the magnificent Baroque basilica of Saint Florian, Austria – once the home turf of Anton Bruckner – the Cleveland Orchestra and its principal conductor Franz Welser-Möst pare down all traces of bombast wherever emotions could easily run out of control. Now long established as one of the leading conductors of our time, Welser-Möst never gives in to blatant effects; in his meditation on life and death, he chooses discipline and introspection. And he can count on some high-carat partners to help him...

The Cleveland Orchestra, for one, called “the best orchestra in America” by the New York Times, and known to an ever-growing public through tours, residences, radio broadcasts, video recordings, social projects, etc. A coveted venue for choral music lovers all over the world, the Wiener Singverein was founded in 1858 and has become a sought-after partner to the late great masters Pierre Boulez and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The program’s two soloists – Hanna-Elisabeth Müller and Simon Keenlyside – are already at home on the world’s stages. While the former has carved a career for herself not only as an opera singer but also as a lieder and concert artist, the London-born Keenlyside has been building his impressive career around the prestigious guest appearances he has made during the past ten years.

Composer
Johannes Brahms
Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra
Choir
Wiener Singverein
Conductor
Franz Welser-Möst
Soloist
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Simon Keenlyside
TV Director
Brian Large
Year
2016
Duration
01:12:00
Picture Format
HD
Sound
5.1 Surround Sound
Format
Concert
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