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All of this multiplied the impact of Brahms beautiful Requiem in our hearts, for it was for this very purpose -- to comfort those who have lost a loved one -- that it was written. This was one of those times in life when I have felt very close to Heaven, and I hope that comes across to other listeners. I would recommend this recording especially to anyone who mourns. Hearing it in English is an advantage for those who do not understand German, because the text magnifies the compassion and hope of the music.
I am a little bit puzzled by the person who was disappointed in the diction. Of course, clear diction is very difficult for a Choir of over 300 voices, but we worked very hard on it. To my ear the text is easily understood, though I will admit it may be because I am so familiar with it. Still, I want to point out that TelArc�s Recording Engineers actually asked us to back off on our diction -- they felt we were overdoing it and it interfered with the beauty of the music. If you have difficulty discerning the text, I recommend you take out the CD insert and read along.
Enough with nostalgia. Several things stand out for me with this recording. First, my favorite recording of the Brahms' Requiem in the original German is that done by The Atlanta Symphony and Chorus directed by Robert Shaw. Second, this libretto is a new adaptation into English done by Dr. Shaw, who knew this music intimately and loved it dearly. Finally, I have long desired a recording in English as a companion to my disc in German.
This disc admirably fulfills my needs. Dr. Shaw's adaptation is both faithful to the scriptural base of the German Requiem and singable. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir brings a depth and richness to the performance that brought tears to my eyes in several places. It is a fitting memorial tribute to the great maestro who prepared this work but did not live to record it himself.
One portion of the recording sticks with me as being particularly effective. The phrase, which I offer in English, "For Lo, the grass withereth" crescendos very rapidly and then falls back softly just as rapidly on the last part of the word withereth. If done well, it has the quality of weeping, moaning lament. The Mormon Tabernacle gets it just right.
If you love this requiem in German, and desire a fine companion in English, this is a recording I can heartily recommend. I would repeat again, it is also a fitting requiem tribute to Dr. Robert Shaw.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it! Bought it because we're singing this next season and I'll practice with this cd!Published 15 months ago by Lori Crain
Great replacement for a long ago LP recording by the Choir in English.Published 17 months ago by Donn E. Bernhardt
I know there are "purists" who prefer hearing the original language a composer works in;
but it is nice to be able to hear this Requiem in English! Read more
This music was intended to be sung in the language of the audience, which in the case of the original audience was German, but in the US, it's English.Published on July 31, 2014 by Andrew Johnson
I was looking for an English version of The German Requiem and I am very pleased with this version. The orchestra and soloists are first rate. The choir also is excellent. Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by Terry W. Sullivan