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William R. Braun
Opera News, August 2014

…the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir makes a fine showing…The choral singers take delight in the splitting into sections for the big pile-up of counterpoint in the sixth movement. The orchestra plays confidently… © 2014 Opera News Read complete review

Rob Cowan
Gramophone, July 2014

Also available: BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Libor, T.E. Bauer, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit) (Blu-Ray Audio) NBD0039

A fine-sounding, sensitively paced German Requiem, with good, fairly chaste choral singing and an especially impressive baritone in Thomas E. Bauer…With good sound, refined further for Blu-ray, the Naxos team has provided us with an outstanding bargain. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Brian Wigman
Classical Net, June 2014

The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir outdo themselves, with some especially fabulous singing that is worth the price of the disc alone. As for the orchestral contributions, Wit uncovers all sorts of wonderful details in the low strings and winds, his expansive vision allowing for a huge emotional expressive range. Attention to dynamics, especially in the singing, is simply tremendous. This is really moving.

Baritone Thomas E. Bauer is magnificent in his solo turns, he rings out confidently and is well-recorded to boot. In soprano Christiane Libor we have a singer who seems comfortable with her very taxing assignment. I prefer her voice to many others who have taken on the role. And again, Antoni Wit is undaunted by large choral works.

…this is both heartfelt and rewarding. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, June 2014

Credit Antoni Wit with another impressive account of a great choral work. This time, it’s Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), and Wit shows an expert’s hand in shaping the contours of Brahms’ masterwork while at the same time pacing it so skillfully it does not seem long to the listener in spite of its 75-minute length.

It…features…Christiane Libor, in the aria “Ihr habt nur Trauerigkeit” (You therefore now have sorrow). Also on hand is the solid baritone voice of Thomas Bauer…His presence is felt in the deeply meditative texts “Herr, lehre doch mich” (Lord, teach me to know the measure of my days) and “Denn wir haben hier keine bleibende Statt” (For we have here no resting place).

Choirmaster Henryk Woynarowski deserves equal credit with Wit for the success of this performance. The choir is a sizeable one, with the resources to handle the great dynamic and expressive range of Brahms’ masterwork, from ppp in the very opening, “Selig sind, die da Leid tragen” (Blessed are those who have sorrow) to fff at the climax of the second movement, “Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras” (For all flesh is as the grass), where it must be heard above the sound of divided strings, winds, and powerful, ominous drum beats… © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

International Record Review, May 2014

The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir sings beautifully throughout…Of the soloists, Christiane Libor and Thomas E. Bauer are excellent singers and the orchestra is also first-class…Wit conducts with considerable insight and interpretative command and the recording quality is equally first-rate. © 2014 International Record Review

BBC Music Magazine, May 2014

The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, a highly capable of the most subtle gradations of tone, is always here the centre of creativity, creating the music’s existential continuum and arising to sombre unexpected splendour at ‘Die Erlöseten des Herrn’ and ‘Der Gerechten Seelen sind in Gottes Hand’…There is some beautiful orchestral playing. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine

Alexander Bryce
Scotland on Sunday, April 2014

powerfully performed © 2014 Scotland on Sunday

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2014

BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Libor, T.E. Bauer, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit) 8.573061
BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Libor, T.E. Bauer, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit) (Blu-Ray Audio) NBD0039

Unusual for Naxos, we have a third recording of Ein deutsches Requiem, the second one, conducted by Marin Alsop in Leipzig, only being released last August. Indeed this new version is one of the most spacious placed on disc, Wit looking for its religious connotations that allows the music to unfold in long spans of unhurried phrasing. He does have the benefit of a very refined choral sound that sustains the quiet beauty of the opening Selig sind, dia da Leid tragen. Yet when required they have the weight and drama for Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras, the sopranos providing ample power…Wit thankfully does not linger in their following Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (How lovely are thy tabernacles). The release is then made special by the choice of soloists, Thomas Bauer’s baritone being smooth and generous in quantity, while Christiane Libor brings her operatic background to the fifth movement. Wit now joins the wealth of distinguished accounts in the ‘traditional’ mode that are already in the catalogue, and he also has a Blu-ray version that offers those now familiar virtues of transparency, with abundant impact in the second and sixth movements. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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