Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45



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28th Sept 2009




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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Recorded June, 1955 in Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin

Elisabeth Grümmer (soprano) & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Choir of St Hedwig’s Cathedral, Berlin & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rudolf Kempe



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On its first release, this 1955 recording was praised as “a worthy performance of the work and a well recorded one” by Gramophone, which also commented that “Elisabeth Grümmer sings her solo with beautiful tone and deep feeling” and “Fischer-Dieskau gives a[n] expressive and musical account of his part”.

The choir and orchestra perform with measures of equal conviction, subtlety and power.

Recognised as a ‘musician’s conductor’, Rudolf Kempe was an outstanding interpreter of the German classics, always obtaining beautifully lucid playing allied to clarity of rhythm and sensitive phrasing.

Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen

II. Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras

III. Herr, lehre doch mich

IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen

V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit

VI. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt

VII. Selig sind die Toten

BBC Music Magazine

July 2010


“The full weight and wonder of mortality is felt in this 1955 Berlin recording. Kempe creates a sense of awe-inspiring humanity”

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