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Brahms: German Requiem


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Valery Gergiev conductor

Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra present Brahms’ greatest choral work, the German Requiem, featuring soprano Sally Matthews and baritone Christopher Maltman. Gergiev’s first Brahms release on LSO Live, Symphonies Nos 1 & 2, Tragic Overture & Haydn Variations was awarded **** Performance ***** Recording by BBC Music Magazine.

Intended to be for ‘all humanity’, Brahms’ German Requiem is a
powerful work – its central themes of melancholy and comfort are universally applicable. Non-liturgical, yet sacred and devotional in spirit, it showcases the great romantic melodies for which Brahms was renowned, and has become a popular work with choirs all over the world – admired for its mystical, consolatory and contemplative tone.


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CD Reviews 

“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.” Classical Music Sentinel 

‘Maltman sings beautifully... The chorus and orchestra perform well…’ Fanfare 

‘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.’ BBC Music Magazine

‘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.’ The Buffalo News

Concert Reviews

**** ‘The London Symphony Chorus was wonderfully incisive and articulate in the large-scale movements, especially the second, All Flesh Is Grass, and warmly expressive in the more intimate ones such as the final Blessed Are the Dead.’ The Guardian (UK)

‘An undoubted plus was the solo singing – Christopher Maltman giving of his considerable best in the initial recitatives of the third and sixth movements, his sheer ardency finding meaningful
contrast with the poise and pathos Matthews brought to the fifth movement in what is one of Brahms’s most affecting inspirations.’
Classical Source (UK)

‘It goes without saying that the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev gives a faultless performance.’ Cross Rhythms (UK)


Valery Gergiev conductor

Sally Matthews
Christopher Maltman

Simon Halsey
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

Recording Details

SACD/digital LSO0748 (822231174820)

James Mallinson, producer

Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd, recording, editing, mixing & mastering

DSD recording, live at the Barbican, 30 & 31 March 2013

2.0 Stereo and multi-channel 5.1
Total playing time 64m07s

Jewel case with 24pp booklet. Notes in English, French and German. 

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