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The 1915 Requiem, to a poem by Friedrich Hebbel, was Reger’s last composition for voices and orchestra, written in memory of the German fallen of the previous two years. It’s an intensely beautiful conception, economical in means and delivered here with almost stoical simplicity. It sits a little oddly in the middle of a selection bookended by the op.83 Ten Songs for Men’s Choir and a very varied set of madrigal arrangements after Lully, Praetorius, Hassler and others, which the Ensemble Vocapella Limburg seem to enjoy well enough even if the singing becomes a touch routine. The other component of an inevitably mixed set is a 1909 dedication to Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, which I seem to remember sung by a children’s choir, which somehow makes more sense. A beautiful recording in unresonant acoustics that particularly suit the high tenors.

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