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David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2017

The choral works of Johannes Brahms are few in number when placed in the context of his enormous output, yet his career included conducting a female choir. Yet listening to this superbly performed disc, we have a most relaxing end endearing part of the choral repertoire, his two sets of Liebeslieder bringing together of the lilting Viennese waltzes and the love poetry of Georg Friedrich Daumer. He was thirty-six at the time and they proved a commercial success as choral groups across Europe were anxious to perform them in concert. They did have one drawback with the inclusion of solo songs and duets, and with none of these being being included in this disc, it does rather compromise the release when compared with other already available performances. Brahms kept his accompaniment to no more than four hands at one piano, so that the singers can concentrate on a beauty of vocal tone. The Latvian Radio Choir hold an exalted place among Europe’s professional chamber groups, its twenty-four members a perfectly balanced ensemble with a nice open tonal quality. The studio recording adds a warm and reverberant sound. © 2017 David’s Review Corner

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