Brahms: Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89

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Brahms: Works for chorus and orchestra

Brahms: Works for chorus and orchestra


Brahms:

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Ann Hallenberg (mezzo)

Warum ist das Licht gegeben? Op. 74 No. 1

Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89


For his third album on Phi, his new label published by the group Outhere, Philippe Herreweghe has brought together a splendid set of artists in the Lutoslawski hall in Warsaw. Ann Hallenberg, whose voice won over the public of some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, takes on the Rhapsody for contralto solo and men's chorus by Brahms while the rest of the programme leads the listener through his essential works for chorus and orchestra. Herreweghe’s long-time affinity with the composer of A German Requiem has enabled him to provide a coherent and personal vision of those musical pages in which Brahms gave free course to his most intimate thoughts.

Collegium Vocale Gent is joined in this endeavour by the members of the Accademia Chigiana of Sienna with whom it formed a European ensemble that was officially recognised as Cultural Ambassador of the European Union just a few months ago. Together with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and its authentic instrumentarium, this great choir interprets the Burial Song, the Song of Destiny, the Song of the Fates and the motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben. A great moment for all admirers of Brahms and fans of choral singing at its very best!

“Philippe Herreweghe's survey of Brahms' works for choir and orchestra is flooded with light...The silky portamenti of the strings is a testament to the refinement of the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées.” The Independent, 5th February 2012

“To hear this music performed with the cool precision and shining transparency of Philippe Herreweghe's forces sends shivers down the spine.” The Observer, 12th February 2012

“the Dutch conductor reveals that same understanding of, and interpretative sympathy for, Brahms’s music that he brought to his Harmonia Mundi recording of A German Requiem...Hallenberg brings a rapt, mellow, consolatory warmth to the Alto Rhapsody, and Herreweghe taps the Song of Destiny for its potent, spiritual essence.” The Telegraph, 24th February 2012 *****

“This is one of the most impressive collections of Brahms's shorter chorus-and-orchestra works that's come my way for some time. It's partly because of the particular combination of works...But it's also the luminous transparency of the performances themselves that's remarkable...All in all, on many levels, a deeply satisfying recording.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 *****

“serene, handsomely blended performances.” Financial Times, 31st March 2012 ***

“a superbly rich and eloquent example of Brahms's art at its most sublime...Herreweghe allows the music to evolve with a wonderful feeling of spaciousness in which Brahms's often intense musical textures are beautifully revealed...a performance which stands head and shoulders above much of the competition. It is very much the icing on a mouth-wateringly sumptuous cake of a disc.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

“An extremely enjoyable and very useful anthology...[The Schicksalslied] is given a performance that is an ideal combination of drama and transparency; the orchestral epilogue that closes the work is really lovely. Herreweghe's orchestra is responsive to every detail of Brahms's markings...Hallenberg, with her rich tone and fine sense of line and phrasing, has a way of chaping the text that compels attention.” International Record Review, May 2012

“Hallenberg sings with a ravishingly beautiful tone throughout, and the support from the chorus and orchestra is most impressive...all in all, this is an extremely satisfying disc, and there is much to recommend.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 5th March 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2012

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - April 2012

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013

Choral Finalist

PHI - LPH003

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Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Brahms: Symphony No. 3


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Nänie von Friedrich Schiller, für Chor und Orchester, Op. 82

Ich schwing mein Horn ins Jammertal, Op. 41 No. 1

Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang, Op. 17 No. 1

Nachtwache I 'Leise Töne der Brust', Op. 104 No. 1

Einförmig ist der Liebe Gram, Op. 113 No. 13

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89


Recording locations: Recorded live at the Salle Pleyel, Paris and Royal Festival Hall, London.

Soli Deo Gloria is proud to release the third instalment in the successful Brahms Symphony series which sees John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique explore the music of Johannes Brahms.

The choral pieces on this release demonstrate beautifully the extent to which choral thinking permeates Brahms’ orchestral writing. Gardiner states that ‘just as there is choral thinking evident in his symphonies, surely there are also signs of orchestral thinking embedded within his choral writing.’ Both Nänie and Gesang der Parzen show fascinating links with Brahms’ last two symphonies Parzen sharing with the Third not just an adjacent opus number but an immensely powerful orchestral opening, with passing references to ‘early music’ styles next to passages of the most advanced harmony.

Einförmig ist der Liebe Gram, an irresistible little piece written for women’s voices, sees Brahms take the final song from Schubert’s Winterreise and turn it into a haunting six-part canon. Another example of Brahms forging links with a revered predecessor.

Written nearly six years after Brahms completed his Second Symphony, his third symphony was described by Hans Richter on its premiere as Brahms’ ‘Erioica’. A friend of Brahms and music critic at the time, Eduard Hanslick, wrote: “Many music lovers will prefer the titanic force of the First Symphony; others, the untroubled charm of the Second, but the Third strikes me as being artistically the most nearly perfect”

“…urgent, magnificently angry… This is Gardiner at his penetrating, combative best, making contact with the music's heartbeat in a way that sounds both radical and natural…” BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 *****

“Taking up more than half the disc, the choral items are its obvious glory… Gardiner sets his face against anything that could be construed as false consolation. In his element in Song of the Fates, he gives the sublime Nänie an unusually taut, sharp-edged feel.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2009

“A must-have disc for Brahmsians” Sunday Times

“This period instrument interpretation for Brahms 3 will be a surprise to many. Once you’ve adjusted though, the enjoyment to be gained from this superbly performed disc (…) is enormous” CD Review

“It’s hard to under-emphasise the lift Gardiner’s historically informed performance has given to Brahms’s Third Symphony” Classic FM Magazine

“Throughout, there’s the satisfying phrasing that Gardiner excels in, with melodic lines and their accompaniments shifting and undulating to a satisfying degree...Riveting, enlightening and enjoyable in equal measure.” Charlotte Gardner, bbc.co.uk, 9th September 2009

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SDG Brahms Symphonies - SDG704

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Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53, etc.

Brahms:

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89

Nänie von Friedrich Schiller, für Chor und Orchester, Op. 82

Schicksalslied, Op. 54


‘…an opportunity to be with Brahms for nearly an hour in which the thoughtful, questioning mood is unbroken and its musical expression unblemished.’ Gramophone

Telarc - CD80176

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Brahms: Symphony No. 4 & Alto Rhapsody

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 & Alto Rhapsody


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Motets (2), Op. 74

(incomplete)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, MDR Chor Leipzig

Fest- und Gedenksprüche, Op. 109

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, MDR Chor Leipzig

Motets (3), Op. 110

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, MDR Chor Leipzig

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

Nänie von Friedrich Schiller, für Chor und Orchester, Op. 82

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus


Decca - Double Decca - 4783937

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Brahms: Alto Rhapsody

Brahms: Alto Rhapsody


Brahms:

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Ewa Wolak (contralto)

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89

Nänie von Friedrich Schiller, für Chor und Orchester, Op. 82

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13

Ave Maria, Op. 12


Brahms’s first connection with choral music came in 1857, and his first appointment in Vienna, in 1863, was to conduct the Singakademie. He premièred A German Requiem in the city and wrote widely for choral forces, taking a variety of poetic source material. Begräbnisgesang (Funeral Hymn) evinces a great feeling of solemnity, whilst Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) is an urgent, volatile work. Nänie was written as a lament for the death of the painter Anselm Feuerbach, and the Alto Rhapsody has remained one of the greatest works for contralto in the repertoire.

“The large Warsaw Philharmonic Choir has a welcome solidity, unanimity and warmth of tone...Wit's tempos tend to be on the brisk side - especially in the Gesang der Parzen, a performance that illuminates that piece's Baroque roots but somewhat mislays its underlying sense of tragic mystery...the field is crowded these days, but this new Naxos offering will be competitive at its budget price.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

“Ewa Wolak is a rich-toned contralto, without a hint of a wobble, who can evoke exactly the kind of lyrical drama which the lovely Alto Rhapsody commands...The choral singing is radiant in its glowing simplicity...this super-budget collection is marvellously sung and played.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

“You might not like Wit's approach if you like your Brahms volatile. His conducting is wonderfully judged, if slow, allowing the music to unfold with a measured eloquence that often generates a sense of gathering implacability...It's the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir's contribution, superbly controlled and articulate, that is so sensational here, however. Their performance of Nänie, in particular, is among the most beautiful on disc” The Guardian, 9th February 2012 ****

“The performances are lean, light and powerful. The general approach is on the slower side, which sometimes makes the music static. The Alto Rhapsody is unhurried, even restrained - one of those readings that conquer you not by concentrated stress, but by beauty. The solo alto singing is almost operatic; Ewa Wolak’s voice is strong and even, without annoying vibrato...The chorus has a beautiful sound, very good diction, and is well balanced.” MusicWeb International, August 2012

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Naxos - 8572694

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Brahms: Choral Works

Brahms: Choral Works


Brahms:

Nänie von Friedrich Schiller, für Chor und Orchester, Op. 82

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

Schicksalslied, Op. 54


Chor de Bayerischen Rundfunks & Bamberger Symphoniker, Robin Ticciati

Alice Coote studied at the Guildhall, RNCM and the National Opera Studio and was awarded the Brigitte Fassbaender Award for Lieder Interpretation and the Decca Kathleen Ferrier Prize. A prolific lieder recitalist, she works regularly with the pianist Julius Drake and also enjoys a flourishing career on the international opera stage.

“...these are sterling accounts, with just the right mix of tenderness and sorrow in Nänie and a real tragic forward motion to the central section of the Schicksaslied...aided by the passionately committed singing of the choir. In the Alto Rhapsody Alice Coote is an eloquent and thoughtful soloist” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 ****

“These are animated, purposeful performances...The movement is free, quite unclogged; the texture is clear, no thickening substance adhering.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

“the Middle European Bamberg sound and the Munich-based choristers sound absolutely at home in this repertoire — there is an old-world Brahmsian glow to the singing and playing... Anyone who wants these works on one disc won’t be disappointed.” Sunday Times, 28th February 2010 ****

“Ticciati's performances are wonderfully alive and dramatically sensitive...while the Bamberg orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Choir have this music in their bones.” The Guardian, 25th February 2010 ****

“[Ticciati's] ear for style, detail and musical shape is judicious and his mode of expression sound.This is mellow Brahms...The Bavarian forces perform the music with a soft, radiant glow.” The Telegraph, 12th March 2010 ****

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Brahms - Choral Works Volume 3

Brahms - Choral Works Volume 3


Brahms:

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Anna Larsson (contralto)

Rinaldo, Op. 50

(cantata by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)


Chandos - CHAN10215

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Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, etc.

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89

Rundfunkchor Berlin


DG - E4317902

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Johannes Brahms - Choral Works

Johannes Brahms - Choral Works


Brahms:

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13

Nänie von Friedrich Schiller, für Chor und Orchester, Op. 82

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89

Motets (2), Op. 29

Motets (2), Op. 74

Motets (3), Op. 110

Geistliches Lied, Op. 30

Rinaldo, Op. 50


Decca - Double Decca - 4525822

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Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53, etc.

Brahms:

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89

Nänie von Friedrich Schiller, für Chor und Orchester, Op. 82


Alfreda Hogson (alto)

Bavarian State Choir & Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Orfeo - C025821A

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$18.50

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