Album: Brahms, Ein Deutches Requiem –Järvi/SRC/FRSO (Virgin Classics)

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Paavo Järvi's spacious, serene reading of A German Requiem is beautifully recorded.

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra's strings balance silkiness of tone with clean articulation, while the delicate woodwind and noble brass glint through the textures. A similarly crisp translucence is heard from the Swedish Radio Choir.

Ludovic Tézier's baritone solos are authoritative, but Natalie Dessay's woozy account of "Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit" sounds more like Strauss than Brahms.