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Mass and Motets

Swedish Radio Choir

Brahms

SKU: 35814

Year of release: 2014

Zwei Motetten opus 74 17:23
1. O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf Brahms 11:58
2. Warum ist das Licht gegeben Brahms 05:24
Fest- und Gedenksprüche opus 109 10:24
3. Unsere Väter hofften auf dich Brahms 02:20
4. Wenn ein starker Gewappneter Brahms 03:15
5. Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk Brahms 04:48
Missa Canonica opus posth 09:35
6. Sanctus Brahms 02:48
7. Benedictus Brahms 02:03
8. Agnus Dei Brahms 04:43
Zwei Motetten opus 29 12:24
9. Es ist das Heil uns kommen her Brahms 05:18
10. Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz Brahms 07:05
Drei Motetten opus 110 08:28
11. Ich aber bin elend Brahms 02:57
12. Ach, arme Welt, du trügest mich Brahms 02:05
13. Wenn wir in hochsten Nöten sein Brahms 03:24
Total time: 58:16

About this album

For a long time now I have hoped to have the opportunity one day to record the sacred choral works of Johannes Brahms. In recent years these pieces have occupied me intensively and I have performed them frequently with a number of ensembles. The richness of their content has surprised me time and time again. In these works Brahms’s great examples were Schultz, Gabrieli and Bach, and it is wonderful to discover how he employs the compositional techniques of these masters to his own ends. In the patriotic Fest-und Gedenkspru?che op. 109, for example, inspired by the accession of Emperor Wilhelm II in 1888, the composer uses predominantly block-like, homophonic techniques (probably with an eye to open-air performance by large choirs). The choral groups alternate in broad movements, but occasionally the structure suddenly changes when prompted by the text: a reference to the disintegration of the kingdom in the second movement, for example, is illustrated by apparently random entries of the parts without taking the beat into account, as though the entire structure falls apart. In his harmonic language, Brahms goes much further than his Renaissance and Baroque examples, often adding notes beyond the key, for example in sequences of falling fifths, taking the music to keys hardly within reach of composers of the seventeenth century. Doing justice to this work requires a choir capable of developing a large, grandiose sound.
Peter Dijkstra

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Reviews

American Record Guide

Opus Klassiek

(...) een schitterende opname (...)

Choir & Organ

Peter Dijkstra is a perfect match for the Swedish Radio Choir (...) a vivid recording (...) the Sanctus is a model for choirs everywhere.

Audiophile Audition

(...) simply marvelous in conception and execution (...) the Dijkstra recording gives us a radiant performance of the early Missa Cononica (...) The singing of the famous Swedish Radio Choir is radiant (...) caught in magnificent multichannel SACD.

Classic Voice (IT)

(...) si snoda con perfetta sensibiltà stilistica e denuncia il mirabile “luteranesimo” di questo Brahms ignota ai più.

HVT

Brahms' werken zijn zeer delicaat en worden door dit top-koor en dito dirigent ook als zodanig uitgevoerd. (...) Brahms ‘zingt‘!

Technical Specifications

Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
Recording LocationStockholm Sweden
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 Diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersGrimm AD DSD64
Cablesvan den Hul