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Brahms: Choral Music

Ewa Wolak, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit

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1
Ave Maria, Op. 12
Johannes Brahms; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
4:49
2
Begrabnisgesang, Op. 13
Johannes Brahms; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
8:51
3
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
Johannes Brahms; Ewa Wolak; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
14:51
4
Schicksalslied, Op. 54
Johannes Brahms; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
17:56
5
Nanie, Op. 82
Johannes Brahms; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
13:43
6
Gesang der Parzen, Op. 89
Johannes Brahms; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Antoni Wit
9:44
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    69:54
“The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir… produces a tone that is predictably dark but never old or throaty-sounding. Even at these carefully slow tempi, the chorus maintains a buzzing energy, which helps the phrases remain buoyant and restless throughout. Contralto soloist Ewa Wolak handles Alto Rhapsody with an appropriate pathos, and her even, haunting vibrato makes it plain to see why she is one of Penderecki’s favorite singers."
- John Guarente, Choral Journal

“this is one of the more inclusive recordings of Brahms’s choral-orchestral works. To that I would add it is also one of the most fantastic I’m able to cite. I’ve already given the highest marks to Ewa Wolak for her performance of the Alto Rhapsody, and I’ve hinted at just how good the Warsaw Choir is in its polished singing in Nänie. But the Warsaw Philharmonic is equally magnificent and Antoni Wit cuts right to the bone of every one of these works. I would recommend this release as an urgent purchase …”
- Jerry Dubins, Fanfare

The choral works of Johannes Brahms are collected in this release from Naxos, expertly realized by the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra under the direction of Antoni Wit.
88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

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