Ein Deutsches Requiem op. 45 (2016)

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Jan Willem de Vriend

The premiere of Ein deutsches Requiem, on Good Friday 1868, represented a final breakthrough as a composer for the then 34 year-old Brahms. The renowned critic Eduard Hanslick wrote: “Nothing that measures up to Brahms’ Requiem has been composed since Bach’s B minor Mass and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.” The work was universally thought to confirm Schumann’s 1853 prophecy to the effect that Brahms would become one of Germany’s greatest composers. 
Schumann’s early, tragic death in 1856 was Brahms’ initial inspiration for the Requiem. From their first meeting in 1853, Brahms had become almost an adoptive child of Robert and Clara Schumann. A close friendship developed between the mature forty year-old Robert and the youthful, personable Johannes – as did a lifelong love of Johannes for Clara. Robert encouraged the youngster to study the Bible and the old masters. This led to Brahms becoming acquainted with the music of Bach. Also, in 1854, he wrote a work that would remain uncompleted but later form the kernel of his Requiem

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Jan Willem de Vriend

Jan Willem de Vriend is the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and since 2006 the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to having served as concertmaster with various ensembles, De Vriend developed a career as a conductor with several orchestras both in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy Germany, Sweden, as well as China and Australia. Opera conducting has come to play a significant role. He has led Combattimento Consort Amsterdam in unknown operas by Gassmann, Rameau, Heinchen and Haydn, among others, as well as familiar operas by such composers as Monteverdi, Handel, Rossini and Mozart. For the opera houses of Lucern, Strasbourg, Barcelona and Enschede, he has conducted operas by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Strauss and others.
He was invited by the Stanislavsky Theatre of Moscow to conduct an opera by Handel.

De Vriend was awarded the Dutch Radio 4 Prize of the year 2012. The Radio 4 Prize is awarded to a musician (or ensemble or institution) who has distinguished himself in bringing classical music to a broad public.

Thomas Oliemans

Born in Amsterdam, Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory, coached by Margreet Honig. He continued his studies with KS Robert Holl, Elio Battaglia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Winner of the 2013 Prix d’Amis of the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam for his portrayal of Papageno in Simon McBurney’s production of Die Zauberflöte, he made his professional opera debut as the Father in Hans Werner Henze’s Pollicino with the Nationale Reisopera where he also sang Minos in Händel’s Arianna in Creta and Ned Keene in Britten’s Peter Grimes.
Most recent appearances include Il Conte di Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Göteborg Opera, Schaunard in La Bohème at the Dutch National Opera, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Donner in Das Rheingold at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Hercule in Gluck’s Alceste at Teatro Real in Madrid, Lescaut in Manon at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden singing Schaunard in La Bohème and Fritz Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nu?rnberg at the Dutch National Opera

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Ein Deutsches Requiem op. 45 (2016)

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Cables: Siltech
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Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Mastering Room: Avalon Acoustic
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf, Brendon Heinst
Recording location: Zuiderstrandtheater, Scheveningen, The Netherlands
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I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen
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II. Denn alles Fleisch
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III. Herr, lehre doch mich
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IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
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V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
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