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David Mellor
Classic FM, November 2017

Martín is a talented conductor, as is everywhere apparent through this 58 minute long album of Brahms’s often underrated choral music.

Martín conducts Sweden’s most celebrated chorus—the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, in an album which anyone who wants to know more about Brahms should not hesitate to invest in. © 2017 Classic FM Read complete review

Paul L Althouse
American Record Guide, November 2017

Brahms seems to have intended these pieces for solo singers, but they were adopted by choral groups almost from the beginning. I enjoy them both ways, but I think I prefer them chorally, particularly when done as well as they are here.

If you think of Latvia as the fringe of our artistic universe, I would advise you to broaden your horizon a bit. This is a terrific chorus of 24, beautifully blended and expertly trained. I particularly like the tenor section, but there are no weak links. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

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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