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A live performance from the 1978 Salzburg Easter Festival,
an interpretation notable for its emphasis on the gentle,
comforting aspects of this requiem for the living.

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  • Actors: J. Brahms, Herbert von Karajan
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound
  • Language: German (DTS 5.1), German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00114LF4Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,853 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Michael Birman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 18, 2008
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Following her stroke in January 1865, Brahms hurriedly traveled to see his mother but she died, aged 75, before he arrived. In April of that year he began work on the Requiem. Although Brahms never spoke of the matter, the death of his mother was the impetus for writing his single largest composition. It bears little resemblance to the Requiem Mass of Catholic liturgy. It is, rather, an offer of consolation to those who are bereaved. Brahms later said that the word "German" could easily be removed and the word "Human" replace it in the title. As in Heinrich Schutz's masterful 1636 'Burial Mass', Musikalische Exequien, Brahms takes German language texts drawn from the Bible, many of them familiar from Protestant funeral rites used in Germany (I can recall my own mother singing some of these melodies to comfort me as a child) and elsewhere in Europe. The design of the piece, however, is uniquely Brahms's own. It premiered in its original six movement form in Bremen in 1868. The Requiem was received with acclaim and its greatness immediately recognized. Brahms later added the seventh movement, the beautiful soprano aria "Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit", the only movement to explicity discuss a mother's comfort and solace.

Herbert von Karajan has made several classic recordings of this piece. His 1947 Vienna recording with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, made in the shadow of recent destruction and ubiquitous death, is deeply emotional and a legendary interpretation. His 1964 recording with a 26 year old Gundula Janowitz, also made in Vienna for DGG, is a particulary rapt and quietly comforting reading: one whose sonics have always struck me as somewhat thin and under-recorded, however.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By GUY HUTCHINSON on August 22, 2008
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This is a wonderful dvd on all counts. The soloists are magnificent and well worth the cost of the disc which is very reasonable.The sound when heard on a good audio system is superb especially in DTS .Herbert does tend to over emphasize the dynamic range here as with all of his recordings , which means that one has to keep the volume control "at the ready" !
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Karajan has many versions of "Ein Deutsches Requiem" and CD and only once on film with Gundula Janowitz and Jose Van Dam........This unique document from the 1978 Salzburg Festival has fortunately been released on DVD and is a magical interpretation, prodigiously realized with a sublime fusion of timbres, a cohesion and ultimately, a simplicity that are truly unequalled. Listen as this great conductor produces musical nuisances that are unique to his art and how he accompanies the soloists with understanding and rapport. I have no hesitation in claiming this is one of the great recordings of the century.
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Fantastic music, and directed by Karajan, even better. This video has an excellent quality , taking into consideration, the equipment and technology available at the time it was recorded. Worth every penny I spent on this video and strongly recommend to anyone who can appreciate such wonderful music written by a genius like Brahms.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alain laurent daniel ropa on September 21, 2013
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I rate it only3 stars in spite of Karajan's lively performance because of the schrieking sound the violins made in this recording.I agree with one of your reviewers about this problem.I have a 65" tv with a very good 5.1 home theater,so it is not my problem,but the recording's.
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