Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan. Brahms: A German Requiem.
Herbert von Karajan (German: (listen); born Heribert Ritter von Karajan; 5 April 1908 – 16 July 1989) was an Austrian conductor. He was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years. Generally regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, he was a dominant figure in European classical music from the mid-1950s until his death. Part of the reason for this was the large number of recordings he made and their prominence during his lifetime
Herbert von Karajan has released several recordings of the Brahms German Requiem. This one was recorded in 1976 with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Wiener Singverein, the same forces used in his 1965 recording. The Wiener Singverein produces gorgeous legato lines as well as full-bodied, powerful climaxes. Karajan's 1947 German Requiem is a sonic miracle, really-despite its age and the wretched conditions in Vienna two years after the war, one hears everything in the chorus, the orchestral sound has weight annd impact, and the soloists are unsurpassed. That reading was a fervent document from survivors of mass catastrophe, a moving assurance that music would outlive polotics and suffering.
A German Requiem, to Words of the Holy Scriptures, Op. 45 (German: Ein deutsches Requiem, nach Worten der heiligen Schrift) by Johannes Brahms, is a large-scale work for chorus, orchestra, a soprano and a baritone soloist, composed between 1865 and 1868. It comprises seven movements, which together last 65 to 80 minutes, making this work Brahms's longest composition.
Herbert von Karajan first conducted Brahms’s German Requiem in Aachen in 1936, having originally studied the work as a young boy with his harmony teacher, Salzburg Cathedral organist Franz Sauer. In 1937, the great German baritone Hans Hotter sang the Requiem with Karajan and the Aachen choir and orchestra in Brussels. Karajan was something of a firebrand at the time, yet Hotter recalled: The thing I remember was the absolute control he had over his emotional behaviour. He was only 29 yet he conducted one of the most moving performances I have come across in my whole life
The Complete Recordings. on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca. Anyone who achieves all his goals presumably set them too low. Herbert von Karajan. Herbert von Karajan always rolled out a magic carpet for us, the singers. With him, our musical work took on another dimension. I believe in rebirth, I’ve no doubt that I’ll return. Born in Salzburg on April 5. The Karajan family originally came from Macedonia in Northern Greece and bore the name Karajannis. Herbert von Karajan’s her emigrated to Saxony but eventually settled as a merchant in Vienna . 8 Johannes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem op. 45. 9 Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 8.