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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2020

BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Farcas, Goerne, State Choir Latvija, Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Järvi) (NTSC) 753208
BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Farcas, Goerne, State Choir Latvija, Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Järvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 753304

Järvi’s conducting tightly binds chorus and orchestra into an incisive, at times hard-edged unanimity that is high in visceral impact. Because the choir exhibits such perfect ensemble and intonation, whenever it rises to fortissimo, the effect is startling and powerful. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review



Roy Westbrook
MusicWeb International, August 2020

BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Farcas, Goerne, State Choir Latvija, Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Järvi) (NTSC) 753208
BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Farcas, Goerne, State Choir Latvija, Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Järvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 753304

Järvi faithfully observes the dynamic markings, making a very clear distinction between the piano for the opening ”Selig sind” at the outset and the pp for its reprise. The conductor and his modest forces still pack a punch in the weightier moments, again aided by the reverberant acoustic.

The third movement is the outstanding highlight of this performance, thanks to the sublimity of Matthias Goerne’s singing of the Psalm 39 text (“Lord make me to know mine end”). The firm focus of his glorious tone from the outset, his supple control of line, and the intense expressiveness of his penitential manner, make this as moving an account as I know. If Valentina Farcas cannot quite match that, her phrasing and legato are admirable given that this fifth movement (“How amiable are thy tabernacles”) is taken swifter than others she would have experienced one imagines. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Robert Cummings
MusicWeb International, May 2020

BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Farcas, Goerne, State Choir Latvija, Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Järvi) (NTSC) 753208
BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Farcas, Goerne, State Choir Latvija, Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Järvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 753304

…Very excellent still and in fact I haven't heard this ending surpassed in any other recording.

…Matthias Goerne, who sings brilliantly and with great commitment, his rich baritone voice and fine dramatic skills making his contribution most effective. In the following panel the chorus and orchestra find the right sense of contrast in this serene, rather perky account. Valentina Farcas, who possesses a very attractive soprano voice, quite in an angelic, lighter sort of way, is very compelling in her less imposing manner in No. 5.

…Definitely go with this new effort by Paavo Järvi, and his performance is also competitive with the best on CD. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, April 2020

BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Farcas, Goerne, State Choir Latvija, Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Järvi) (NTSC) 753208
BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Farcas, Goerne, State Choir Latvija, Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Järvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 753304

There are many enchanting moments in these interpretations, and the Latvian State Choir’s singing is wonderfully nuanced…

Matthias Goerne sings the baritone part with a grandiose, well-articulated voice. No less impressive is Valentina Farcas with a clearly led, very balanced voice and a moving expressiveness. © 2020 Pizzicato Read complete review





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