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COR16050 Ein Deutsches Requiem

Version for Choir & Piano Duet

Recorded ‘as live’ in October 2006 following its performance at The Sixteen’s opening concert as Associate Artists of Southbank Centre, Brahms’ German Requiem one of the great choral masterpieces of all time. Brahms himself made a piano transcription of the orchestral parts of his magnificent Requiem. The arrangement for two players allows a degree of intimacy, precision and contrapuntal clarity that cannot be achieved in the orchestral version; indeed, at times one is reminded of the Liebeslieder-Walzer op. 52. In 1871 this version was given its English première conducted by Brahms’s friend Julius Stockhausen. It is appropriate therefore that the piano used on this recording is a Bösendorfer of 1872 thus allowing us to experience the sort of sound Brahms himself would have heard.

Julie Cooper soprano
Eamonn Dougan bass
Gary Copper & Christopher Glynn piano
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

Track Listings

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Ein Deutsches Requiem op. 45

1. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen (chorus)
2. Denn alles Fleisch ist wie Gras (chorus)
3. Herr, lehre doch mich (bass /chorus)
4. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (chorus)
5. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (soprano /chorus)
6. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt (bass /chorus)
7. Selig sind die Toten (chorus)

Total Playing Time: 69:52