Ein Deutsches Barockrequiem | Ricercar RIC445

Ein Deutsches Barockrequiem


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Label: Ricercar

Cat No: RIC445

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 14th April 2023



Johannes Brahms drew texts from various Biblical sources for his Deutsches Requiem. As we hear in his choral music, he had a passion for polyphony and was inspired by models from the great Lutheran tradition of the late Renaissance and the Baroque. Ricercar and Vox Luminis have explored this early repertoire with the same passion for many years now, although with no less admiration for Brahms’s masterpiece. It is no surprise that some of the texts that Brahms chose had already been set by his illustrious predecessors; it simply remained for us to trace a path through these earlier scores, so many meditations on death, and to assemble a very different Deutsches Requiem: one animated by the emotions of the Lutheran Baroque.


[Lionel] Meunier and [producer Jérôme] Lejeune have gradually researched and devised an ingenious reversal of perspectives. They take the piecemeal scriptures from the Bible and the Apocrypha that Brahms abridged for use throughout his seven movements as the impetus for their own parallel programme of early German Baroque settings of the same (or similar) words for Vox Luminis’s ‘Ein deutsches Barockrequiem’. ... Throughout this meticulously plotted alternative perspective on mostly familiar texts, Vox Luminis’s squad of up to 15 voices sing with the utmost sincerity of expression.  David Vickers (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone June 2023
The fruits of their research, superbly captured in the church of Notre-Dame in Gedinne in Belgium, are uniformly moving and instructive, the more so because the performances are exceptional; the balance and nuance in both singing and playing (notably Bart Jacobs’s organ) are extraordinary.

The Sunday Times 18 June 2023
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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