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Album Review

In this recording of the dramatic, commanding choral masterpiece by Johannes Brahms, conductor John Eliot Gardiner attempts to adhere closely to the manner in which the conductors of Brahms' day — or, perhaps, as Brahms himself — might have performed the work. He utilizes obscure Viennese instruments and Baroque-era stylings to create a dynamic, exciting sound The fortissimo sections of the work are thunderous; the piano passages are almost too quiet to hear. Ringing tenor solos are interspersed with lush choral harmonies. It couldn't be more different from the steady, solid wall of sound adopted by the Wagnerian school. Through it all, the words of Brahms' Lutheran faith ring through. While people who are used to the Latin texts might find that these German sound a bit dark or disturbing at first, the underlying message is much more comforting and hopeful than the stern words of the Latin Requiem. This is an impressive, authentic rendition of one of the world's greatest choral works. ~ L. Katz, Rovi

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This album deserves high praise on 3 counts: (1) The German Requiem remains the most memorable and popular work of one of the greatest composers of the 19th century, (2) Gardiner is one of the finest interpreters of orchestral repertoire in the world today and his work with the Orchestre R&R is nearly flawless, and (3) this recording does an excellent job of balancing the orchestra and the choir without allowing either to dominate the other--no mean task given the forces required to perform this piece!


Born: April 20, 1943 in Springhead, Dorset, England

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '90s

John Eliot Gardiner is one of the leading conductors in the active authentic performances movement in England, performing Baroque music but also extending his range into later repertoire. He first conducted at the age of 15, and after finishing school he studied at King's College, Cambridge. While still an undergraduate, he conducted the combined Oxford and Cambridge Singers on a 1964 tour of the Middle East and founded the Monteverdi Choir, which has consistently performed on his recordings since....
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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, John Eliot Gardiner
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 1991

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