BBC Radio 3 reviewed two new versions of the Brahms Requiem, one by the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, one by the Vlaams Radio Koor, the Brussels Philharmonic and Hervé Niquet, issued on Epr Classic. So nice to hear our version was found to be exciting and innovative!

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at 02h12m

“A deliberately revisionist recording”

"Niquet is making a musical point and an aesthetical point and, if you like, a theological point. I love his lack of patina, of sentimentality; his is one of these Requiems which never gives you an uncomfortably churning feeling in the stomach…"

“It seems as if Janssons is focusing on the mourning, while Niquet has decided to focus on the promised joy in the wake of the mourning, as he moves his very lively and fresh-voiced choir on and on...”

“Denn alles fleisch is a full four minutes shorter than Janssons, and it becomes something of an earth dance. If we go onto Herr lehre doch mich, the pacing is so much more urgent, the Greek baritone Tassis Christoyannis’ singing so easeful: it floats by as the simple, gentle breath of a prayer.”

“Young Belgian soprano Lore Binon has a seductive, light-moving, girlish angel of a voice, but it very much fits [Niquet’s] way of doing things, and it suits the spirit of the aria: in spite of the fact that you weep now, you will rejoice, and no man taketh that joy from you. That’s what Brahms says!”

“This is so compelling, so exciting: it matches exactly what Brahms wants to do in this music. We need this urgent momentum and this sense of instinctive speech rhythms instead of the traditionally slow and lugubrious “choral society” over-reference, which is perhaps not quite appropriate here.”

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