Album Review

Posted: Friday 11th August 2006
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Brahms: German Requiem (ein Deutsches Requiem) – The Singer

Using a piano duet arrangement made by Brahms himself, the Vasari Singers have released Ein Deutsches Requiem with Guild (GMCD 7302), which they recorded in St Jude’s in Hampstead. In some senses the piano accompaniment (Jeremy Filsell and Roderick Chadwick) gives and added reflective layer to the work and gives emphasis to the collective humanity of the text as sung by the choir. Soloists Claire Seaton and Colin Campbell join conductor Jeremy Backhouse, with The Vasari Singers offering a sensitive reading of this work, although sounding somewhat stretched at the higher reaches of increased tempo passages.

Antonia Couling 
The Singer