Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

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Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

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7th Feb 2011




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Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem


Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 20 February 1956

Elisabeth Grümmer (soprano) & Hermann Prey (baritone)


Serenade No. 6 in D major, K239 'Serenata Notturna'



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Otto Klemperer was one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century along with Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter and Arturo Toscanini. His period in Cologne from 1954 to 1959 was considered to be one of the most fruitful and exciting of his career, and it was during this time that EMI’s classical producer Walter Legge tracked and signed him to the company following the departure of Herbert von Karajan.

His critically acclaimed recordings with the Philharmonia followed. This live studio recording from the WDR in Cologne has never been issued before. Klemperer’s conducting of Brahms’s Requiem, one of the cornerstones of the choral repertoire, achieves true greatness.

Gramophone Magazine said of his 1961 recording, ‘a conductor whose rugged feeling for the music pays colossal dividends’ sums up this 1956 account.

Both Elisabeth Grümmer (soprano) and Hermann Prey (baritone) were internationally renowned and highly respected.

The CD contains two interesting ‘extras’ – Mozart’s delightful Serenata notturna from 1954 and a rare rehearsal sequence of the Requiem, both issued for the first time.

WDR’s remastering is of very high quality aided by the excellent preservation of the original tapes.

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade No. 6 in D major, K. 239, "Serenata Notturna"

I. Marcia: Maestoso

II. Menuetto: Trio

III. Rondo: Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

Rehearsal of Brahm's Requiem

Rehearsal of Brahm's Requiem

BBC Music Magazine

July 2011


“Klemperer underlines the grand architectural proportions of the German Requiem while piercing close to its spiritual heart...the performance itself builds in monumental intensity from a fairly relaxed opening. The chorus is on its mettle and the orchestra produces wonderful playing...They don't come much better than this.”

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