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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, July 29, 2005
This review is from: Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (Audio CD)
I have owned this recording since it's release and find it a wonderful piece. Robert Shaw has sought to convey a deeper understanding of Brahms thoughts and emotions brought to life in music. There are precious few conductors who take on this work because they know this work is more than a symphony, it requires the study and emersion of the conductor into the mind of Brahms and the trajedy that spawned this work. I am very grateful that Shaw took on the challenge and delivered an excellent interpretation.

With that said, I must say that although I do love this recording, there is one that I think is even better and is in my opinion the absolute best recording of this piece - Chicago Symphony, James Levine, Kathleen Battle, Hakan Hagegard.

For comparison -

Recording clarity - Hands down the Chicago recording is much clearer and much richer in the full spectrum of sounds from the crispness of the high woodwinds to the powerful bass of the bass viola's.

Interpretation - While Shaws recording is deliberate and steady, Levines is slower, more emotional and closer to the passion that Brahms intended to convey.

Choral - Without a doubt Kathleen Battle's voice in this piece is bordering on angelic. Nothing I have ever heard can compare to the perfection she displays in this piece. Hands down, she draws you totally into the work with a mesmorizing performance.

With technology progressing at such a fast pace, I eagerly await the arrival of a newer performance of this work, but am skeptical that anything can top what Levine has done.

Emery Rudolph
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