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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 (A German 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
“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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