Schubert: Deutsches Requiem D621; Requiem in E flat D453

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Anyone who is interested, really interested, in every sketch Franz Schubert doodled, won't want to be without the only recording of the Requiem he more or less composed and credited to his brother. Everyone else should stay away because despite the dedication of Schubert scholar Reinhard van Hooickx, Franz Schubert's Requiem sounds very little like Franz Schubert. Memorable melodies? There are none. Fascinating modulations? There are none. Compelling rhythms? There are none. On this recording, all there really is is a very uninteresting and very anonymous piece of music. Anyone who loves -- really loves -- Franz Schubert won't want to be without this disc because it contains the only recording of his brother Ferdinand Schubert's Requiem for Franz. Everyone else should stay away because while Ferdinand's music is no doubt filled with love for Franz, his Requiem makes his brother's Requiem sound interesting. Which is to say that Ferdinand's Requiem is a very, very uninteresting piece and very, very anonymous piece of music. Anyone who cares even vaguely about tone, intonation, pronunciation, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, and balances should stay far, far away because this disc conspicuously lacks all of those qualities. Jean-Pierre Lore is a non-entity. The Jean-Pierre Lore Vocal Ensemble is terrible. The soloists are better left unnamed. Only organist Jean Galard is less better than awful. Esoldun's 1989 sound is harsh, hard, and way too close.