Brahms: Ein Deutsche Requiem
MDR Symphony Orchestra
There are few more heavyweight choral classics than the Brahms German Requiem, and I am pleased to report that the performance is sensitively contoured, intelligently paced and immaculately balanced. The soloists Stephen Genz and Anna Lucia Richter, combine purity and expressiveness, and the radiant MDR chorus has the music in its bones. At bargain price, Alsop’s latest recording represents another step up the ladder.
ANDREW CLARK, FINANCIAL TIMES (UK)
9TH AUGUST 2013
Anyone who enjoyed Marin Alsop’s period instrument reading of the Brahms German Requiem with the Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Proms this season might also enjoy this performance with altogether larger forces. The Leipzig sound lacks the edge of the OAE but the choir is no less nimble, thanks to Alsop’s ability to give the music a momentum that is intelligent without ever feeling hurried.
STEPHEN PRITCHARD, THE GUARDIAN (UK)
1ST SEPTEMBER 2013
This nicely judged account of the German Requiem makes a very satisfying follow-up to Marin Alsop’s estimable series of the Brahms Symphonies with the LPO. Anna Lucia Richter brings an appealingly youthful voice to ‘Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit’, while Stephan Genz’s light-coloured baritone…is virile and emotional in his solos. The Leipzig Radio forces are dependable, and the precision of the MDR Radio Chorus’s enunciation keeps everything moving along nicely… But at its bargain price, this honest, no-nonsense account, beautifully played and sung, is certainly competitive. ****