Mariss Jansons / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

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Mariss Jansons' audiophile recording of Johannes Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem is a combination of two concert performances given Sept. 20-21, 2012, which were dedicated to the memory of Kurt Sanderling, a frequent guest conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra who had died the previous year. Jansons and the RCO are joined by the Netherlands Radio Choir, with soprano Genia Kühmeier and bass Gerald Finley as the vocal soloists, so the performance is outstanding for its artistry and expressive warmth. The recording is presented in the multichannel format for optimal sound quality, but because the dynamic range of this hybrid SACD is quite wide, listeners should be prepared to make some slight volume adjustments between the extremely soft opening of Selig sind, die da Leid tragen, and the startling climax of the second movement at 9:27 at the words "ewige Freude," though most of the recording is set to a comfortable mid-level.

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