Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Brahms Requiem from Zurich

Today I am listening to Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms from Zurich.  Lydia Teuscher, soprano, and Konstantin Shushakov, baritone, are the soloists and Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

The orchestra sits on the stage in much the same arrangement as always.  The chorus is distributed around the house.  The audio is ghastly.  I was once in the greatest ever performance of this work with the San Francisco Symphony with Robert Shaw conducting and Kathleen Battle singing, so I am unimpressed.  That's the worst part of getting most of ones music from the internet--the audio seems to be consistently bad.  Professional recordings do a much better job.

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