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This chamber orchestration by Iain Farrington of Brahms’s Requiem – for string soloists, three wind players and piano – is a revelation. Perceptively reflective, it reveals a work of intense, lyrical beauty where voices are enhanced by the instrumentation. It is the antithesis of the authoritative performances of the past, so when the drama is revealed it is all the more powerful. The text, taken from the Lutheran Bible, was considered by Brahms as a Requiem ‘of Humankind’: it is of people, not of power. David Hill’s reading of the score is intimate and sensitive, giving the music a lyrical, flowing beauty. The very talented Yale Schola Cantorum, soloists and instrumentalists respond to his baton for a truly memorable performance.

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