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Although this work has its roots in Bach and Schütz, the music is pure lyrical Brahms. By his choice of text the composer has crafted his Requiem into a work of hope and redemption. Conductor Marin Alsop reveals its true nature by giving a beautifully controlled, subtle reading which brings out the work’s poignant but hopeful message. The dynamics are well balanced and the fugal lines clearly delineated, the performers responding well to Alsop’s approach. Baritone Stephan Genz has a little too much vibrato in his voice for my taste although the young, pleasing soprano voice of Anna Lucia Richter flows gracefully throughout her aria. Recommended.

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