Brahms: Ein Deustches Requiem (CD)

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Richter, Genz, Leipzig MDR Radio Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Alsop


Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45

I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen (Blessed are they that mourn)

II. Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras (For all flesh is as grass)

III. Herr, lehre doch mich (Lord, make me to know mine end)

IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (How amiable are thy tabernacles)

V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (And ye now therefore have sorrow)

VI. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt (For here have we no continuing city)

VII. Selig sind die Toten (Blessed are the dead)


The Times

3rd August 2013


“It’s a clear, unsentimental interpretation, but plodding at times in the fugues, lacking intensity and unpersuasively sung at key moments. A good antidote, though, to more indulgently romantic recordings.”

Financial Times

10th August 2013


“the performance, if a mite over-respectful, comes across as sensitively contoured, intelligently paced and immaculately balanced. The soloists, Stephan Genz and Anna Lucia Richter, combine purity and expressiveness, and the radiant MDR chorus has the music in its bones”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2013

“The Leipzig Radio Choir sounds like a large body. There are no fluffed entries and no weaknesses. The tenor are particularly impressive, with no sense of strain on the high notes. Stephan Genz is properly suppliant...and Anna Lucia Richter shows great promise”

BBC Music Magazine

October 2013


“a sensitive and often moving account of the score. Alsop's tempos are never ponderous, in places almost its bargain price, this honest, no-nonsense account, beautifully played and sung, is certainly competitive.”

MusicWeb International

27th September 2013

“Above all, it’s an asset to hear the German text delivered by native German speakers...Genz is an appropriate choice as the baritone soloist in this Leipzig performance since his musical training took place in the city...Alsop’s direction of the score is very good.”