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I love the conductor John Eliot Gardiner's approach to this marvelous music. It's transparent and colorful yet intimate and at times hauntingly urgent. And then there's the amazingly expressive, perfectly blended and disarmingly precise Monteverdi Choir. This is the second time Gardiner has recorded this piece with this chorus and orchestra, and again he tries very hard to uncover the sound Brahms might have heard when it premiered in 1868. That means using instruments (or copies of instruments) from Brahms' day, like the old Viennese brass so full of character, with horns that glow with a warm, burnished tone (they can snarl, too) plus shorter Viennese oboes and the period timpani, struck with hard sticks. This Requiem comforts the living instead of focusing on the dead, which is evident in the warm central movement, 'How amiable are thy tabernacles.' --NPR - All Things Considered, May 2012

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listen  1. Psalmen Davids samt etlichen Moteten und Concerten, Op. 2, SWV 22-47: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, SWV 29, "Psalm 84"Monteverdi Choir 8:07Album Only
listen  2. Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11, SWV 369-397: No. 23. Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herren sterben, SWV 391Monteverdi Choir 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragenKatherine Fuge10:44Album Only
listen  4. Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: II. Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie GrasKatherine Fuge12:43Album Only
listen  5. Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: III. Herr, lehre doch michKatherine Fuge 8:34Album Only
listen  6. Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: IV. Wie lieblich sind deine WohnungenKatherine Fuge 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: V. Ihr habt nun TraurigkeitKatherine Fuge 7:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: VI. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende StattKatherine Fuge10:40Album Only
listen  9. Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: VII. Selig sind die TotenKatherine Fuge 9:59Album Only

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique
  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (March 27, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SDG
  • ASIN: B006M51FJ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I purchased this music as I enjoy classical music.
Tracey Farley
This is a beautiful reading even if you are allergic to "authenticity" - in this case, there's enough musicality to overcome all objections.
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This is a beautifully done interpretation of this most gorgeous requiem.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jim D. on April 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to believe that Gardiner's previous recording of this work was released twenty years ago! This new version caps a concert cycle that has already given us all the symphonies (though Brahms actually wrote those afterwards). Gardiner's top-notch chorus is responsive to every variation in dynamics and tempo, which can change from bar to bar in this highly romantic performance. The music never just sits around being pretty, although it certainly is; it is always going somewhere--perhaps most strikingly (and perhaps a shade too fast) in the opening pages of the last movement, often an anticlimax after the exuberant fugue that precedes it. Preceding the main work on the disc are two motets by Heinrich Schutz, whose counterpoint influenced Brahms, and who set some of the same texts used in the Requiem. The live recording is very clear (if a tad close), the audience is remarkably quiet, and the young-sounding soloists handle their assignments well.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Henry James on July 12, 2012
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For 50 years I have been looking for a recording to rival the classic Klemperer/Philharmonia. I admired the earlier Gardiner, but it wasn't "to die for," if you will pardon a terrible joke.

This one is close, despite a couple of reservations. The chorus IS very strong and very crisp, and wonderfully recorded (as is the whole CD). There is lots of energy where needed (esp mvt 6).

I wasn't thrilled by the soloists - OK but not up to the Klemperer luminaries. And I did think he took the final movement a bit too fast, though we can put up with an alternative view once in a while, can't we?

All in all, a pleasant surprise (not that high quality from Gardiner is surprising, I just expected less wattage given his last outing on this piece). But I am not throwing away my Klemperer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 22, 2013
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Having objected to Gardiner's Brahms symphonies, which make a sham of Romantic style, I must disagree with the three-star reviewer who says that Gardiner makes the German Requiem sound as if it were a Baroque work. In this case, practice is better than theory. The notion that the masterpieces of late Romanticism should sound like Monteverdi is touted by the HIP camp in a superior manner, when in fact it is a ridiculous theory. The two chorus-and-organ works by Schuetz that begin the program (they share texts with two movements of the Brahms) are stunningly sung by the Monteverdi Choir, which has learned, against all odds, to hold impeccable pitch without using any vibrato. The music also finds Gardiner at his most convincing. He is an outstanding choral conductor by any measure.

The major work is a remake of Gardiner's first German Requiem on Philips, which was widely praised, and I enjoyed it as an antidote to high-Victorian piousness. It was thanks to that piousness that Brahms enjoyed his first international success with the Requiem. Gardiner's recording also benefited from two very good soloists in Rodney Gilfry and Charlotte Margiono, who were drawn from his stable of Mozart opera cast members. What has changed the second time around? As in the symphony cycle, Gardiner is determined to give us zingy strings in scarce quantity, which never stops being an irritation and a total anachronism (Pablo Casals played for Brahms and sued full modern vibrato). The orchestral body is so reduced as to make much of the Requiem sound a cappella.

As in his first version, Gardiner's virtues as a choral conductor give this reading backbone - I've never heard a choir sound so clear and precise.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Gary Jon Cooper on June 7, 2012
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If you don't have to have top-notch soloists, but are looking for great choral sound, this is a great version of the Requiem. Too often a huge romantic orchestra is out in front of the sound; not here. The choral diction is great too. I was attracted to the way Gardiner understands the need for a solid opening of the final chorus after the huge fugue "Herr, du bist würdig!" When he then brings it down for a more contemplative ending it just seems more satisfying. Yes, the soloists are not everything you could wish for. These younger voices don't quite convey the gravitas of the texts; but so much else is so right with this performance, I'm prepared to overlook it. The shipping was faster than I expected, and I think the price was very good for something I'm going to enjoy until I finally fill up "the measure of my days."
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eTCla on January 2, 2013
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This new recording of the Brahms Requiem by the Monteverdi Choir is simply divine! No surprise here. Sir John Eliot Gardiner is at his best in this series!
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