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Dvořák, Requiem Mass, op. 98 / Brahms, Four Serious Songs, op. 121, Kantorei der Schlosskirche Weilburg, Capella Weilburgensis, Doris Hagel (released on October 31, 2006)
As far as making a decision about buying this recording, there are points that argue against it. This German recording has not been fully adapted for North American release: the texts in the liner notes are in Latin and German translation (Missa pro defunctis, with English translation) and in German only for the Brahms four serious songs that are paired with Dvořák. The sound has a sometimes distant quality, especially in the choral passages, and the performance is adequate from all forces but rarely excellent. Given the surfeit of recordings of the Dvořák, the Brahms Vier ernste Gesänge, op. 121 (1896), do little to raise this disc's appeal (recordings are also not exactly rare), nor does the performance of bass Klaus Mertens, who has admirable suavity of tone but is stretched thin in his top range. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Thomas Quasthoff are still the benchmark in the Brahms, and Detlev Glanert's orchestration for this recording neither adds to nor takes away from the songs.
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