Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ein Deutsches Requiem

(A German Requiem)

by Johannes Brahms 

In Loving Memory of the Victims of War, Terrorism, Crime and Personal Tragedy 
Past and Present



Herbert Von Karajan, Conductor

Jose Van Damm, Baritone Soloist

Kathleen Battle, Soprano Soloist

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Recorded at Die Musikverein, Vienna

6 comments:

  1. FT,
    You've been posting appropriate and excellent music selections following the Boston attacks.

    I just wish that I felt well enough to listen to music. Still suffering here. Horrible allergies!

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  2. Good day, AOW! Thank you for your understanding of what I've been trying to do this week. I'm so sorry you still feel punk. I was hoping you might go for some "shots," that might alleviate the misery.

    One of the nice features of a blog is that these offerings will be here indefinitely. I know you love choral music. So do I, of course. My love of music is firmly rooted in the Church.

    This a particularly fine interpretation of the Brahms Requiem. There is another equally good conducted by James Levine. It also features Kathleen Battle, who sings the soprano solo "Ye that now are sorrowful" better even than Elisabeth Schwarzkopf whose interpretation was always the standard against which all others were measured for many years. The baritone soloist in Levine's recording is Hakim Hakegaard who sings beautifully, but whose voice in my opinion is a little "light" for this particular piece. Van Damm, whose voice has more body and sounds more mature than Hakegaard, is frankly superb.

    Naturally I keep hoping more and more will take advantage of these musical offerings I continue to post, but I don't really expect it all that much.

    Still, if we don't present an opportunity, how could anyone ever take advantage of it? ;-)

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  3. FT,
    Thank you for your kind words.

    I'm not sure that much will help this histamine reaction, which is self-perpetuating.

    I'm going to go back to bed and get some rest. Rest and staying indoors may help to facilitate recovery -- along with sinus rinses and Zyrtek, which I finally found at one pharmacy yesterday.

    Anyway, grading papers and working of report cards, soon due to be issued, will have to wait. I'm just not up to much of anything.

    [end whine]

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  4. AOW, you are a special soul. If we were not 3000 miles apart I would offer to come to your home to assist with the heavy lifting and support. Hang in there.

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  5. KP,
    And I'd take you up on the offer, too!

    I'm not getting any younger and am really feeling my age the past few weeks with this histamine reaction going on non-stop.

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  6. AOW, as I have told you before, your avatar is the BEST. You may not feel that strong at this moment, but you have already proven you are.

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