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Brahms Ein deutsches Re­quiem

El­iz­a­beth Nor­berg-schulz (so­prano) et al; San Fran­cisco Sym­phony Cho­rus & Orches­tra/blom­st­edt Decca 4437712

We got a Grammy for this record­ing so I think it was con­sid­ered quite good, but when I heard it again some years af­ter­wards I felt, no, that is not the way I would like to do it to­day. I have dif­fer­ent feel­ings about the tem­pos. It was very well sung and although the cho­rus mem­bers weren’t Ger­man they were well trained so it sounded like a Ger­man cho­rus. But I would like another type of dic­tion and much more feel­ing of the text. Ge­orge Bernard Shaw didn’t like the Ger­man Re­quiem at all, which is strange be­cause it’s won­der­ful mu­sic and it is the great­est work that Brahms ever wrote – not only for length, but in con­tent and depth. A few days ago I met with Paul Smaczny, head of the Ac­cen­tus la­bel, and he sug­gested this piece to me. He wants to record it again and I wel­come the idea very much.

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