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BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Schwarzkopf, Hotter, Karajan) (1947)

Composer(s):Brahms, Johannes
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.111038
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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This radiant and justly famous 1947 recording of Brahms’ A German Requiem, a tribute to the composer’s mother who had died four years earlier, was the first complete studio version. It was made in Vienna two years after the end of World War II when the city was divided into four zones of occupation between the Allied powers, food was scarce and electrical power could be erratic. The result was a remarkable and poignant achievement by soloists, chorus and orchestra alike, working in extremely difficult circumstances and acutely aware of the meaning and relevance of the Lutheran sacred texts primarily intended to reconcile the living to their loss.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,July 2007

The legendary record producer, Walter Legge, was largely responsible for resurrecting the career of Herbert von Karajan after the Second World War, his name implicated with the Nazi movement. The first ever studio recording of the Brahms Requiem seemed one of the ideal vehicles for such restatement, Legge already having engaged the Vienna Philharmonic for a number of sessions in 1947. It was one of those occasions where the spiritual elements of the work totally dominated, Karajan's broad tempi, that he was to use in so many subsequent recordings, here bringing a sense of bleak sadness. He had two soloists of outstanding quality, Hotter at the prime of his career, and a young soprano, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, who Legge was later to marry. At this time Hotter was much lighter in

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