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Brahms: Choral Music ()

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This collection of short choral pieces by Johannes Brahms is an unusual one in present times, partly because many of the choral parts are quite demanding. For a choral club in the 19th century, however, it wouldn't have been so novel, and there are great beauties on offer here. After the fetching Ave Maria, Op. 12, the rest of the program is dense, metaphysical, and, with the partial exception of the Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53, concerned with death. There are two funeral songs, and two more about fate, and this is not the warm, ...

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  1. Ave Maria, for female chorus & keyboard (or orchestra) in F major, Op. 12
  2. Begräbnisgesang ("Nun lasst uns den Leib"), for 5-voice chorus, winds & timpani ("Funeral Hymn"), Op. 13
  3. Alto Rhapsody, for alto, male chorus & orchestra, Op. 53
  4. Hyperions Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), for chorus & orchestra, Op. 54
  5. Nänie ("Auch das Schöne muss sterben"), for chorus, orchestra & harp ad lib, Op. 82
  6. Gesang der Parzen ("Es fürchte die Götter"), for chorus & orchestra, Op. 89
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Brahms: Choral Music
2012, Naxos

UPC: 747313269471

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