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The name and music of Hans Fährmann (1860- 1940) are entirely new to me. Based in Dresden for most of his adult life, he was an outstanding organist and teacher, and, on the strength of this CD, a composer not without talent, though lacking flair. The SWR Vokalensemble under the direction of Frieder Bernius here present two major collections of Fährmann’s unaccompanied sacred motets together with a setting of words from Psalm 126 which Brahms set in his Ein deutsches Requiem. There’s undoubtedly a certain ‘same-iness’ to the writing, especially when listening to the disc straight through. The music feels worthy rather than inspired, but Bernius and his excellent singers bring as much as they possibly can to it to show it in its best light.

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