Brahms: 5 Gesänge, Op. 104 Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss
- Johannes Brahms (1833 1897): Fünf Gesänge, Op. 104:
- 1Fünf Gesänge, Op. 104: I. Nachtwache I02:36
- 2Fünf Gesänge, Op. 104: II. Nachtwache II01:24
- 3Fünf Gesänge, Op. 104: III. Letztes Glück02:15
- 4Fünf Gesänge, Op. 104: IV. Verlorene Jugend02:03
- 5Fünf Gesänge, Op. 104: V. Im Herbst05:04
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The famous German Requiem should not be allowed to overshadow the wide variety of choral music Brahms wrote throughout his career. On this recording, Daniel Reuss and Cappella Amsterdam are our expert guides in a programme that takes in sacred a cappella motets by turns austere and resplendent, secular quartets with piano and songs for 6-part unaccompanied chorus.
The crowning glory is a dramatic masterpiece for chorus and four-hand piano, the 'Song of Destiny' after Hölderlin.
"The reading as a whole is beautifuly shaped and articulated by conductor Daniel Reuss...[his] vibrato-lite sopranos make a significant mark, soaring rapturously in the idyllic first half of the setting of [Schicksalslied]...All told, this is an excellent collection of choral Brahms by a choir collectively tuned in to the idiom." (BBC Music Magazine)
"Cappella Amsterdam perform these works with immaculate poise and a wonderfully rich breadth of tone, magically captured by this warmly atmospheric recording. Daniel Reuss induces a sumptuous sound from his singers...The choral sound is never anything but immensely beautiful." (Gramophone)
"Reuss is a conductor who leads highly expressive performances that are free of mannerism. The collective tone of the choir, topped and tailed by pure sopranos and warm basses, is extremely attractive...The standard of the singing is wonderfully high throughout this disc, not only because of the technical excellence of these performers but also the sense of the lyrical lines and the expressive nuance brought to individual phrases…" (International Record Review)
Daniel Reuss, conductor
studied with Barend Schuurman at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In 1990, he became director of Cappella Amsterdam, which he turned into a full-time professional ensemble that is now one of the most sought after in the Netherlands.
From 2008 till 2013 he was also the artistic director/chief conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
In 2010, he was nominated for a Grammy "best choral performance" for the cd he made with the two choirs together (Frank Martins Golgotha).
From 2003 until 2006 he was chief conductor of the RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin, with whom he recorded a number of successful CDs. Their CD with works by Martin and Messiaen (released by Harmonia Mundi) won both the "Diapason d'or de l'année 2004" and the "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik". The CD's Les Noces, Le vin Herbé and Händels Solomon have also been critically acclaimed.
In summer 2006, at the invitation of Pierre Boulez, Daniel Reuss teached and conducted at the summer 2006 Lucerne Festival Academy.
In February 2007, Reuss made his debut at the English National Opera, with Händel's Agrippina. In 2008 he directed at De Munt/La Monnaie in Bruxelles, with the Dido & Aeneas-production of stage director Sasha Waltz.
From 2008 till 2013 he was the artistic director/chief conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. In 2010, he was nominated with the Estonian Philharmonic Orchestra together with Cappella Amsterdam for a Grammy for best choral performance for the recording of Martin's Golgotha (harmonia mundi). The two choirs also worked together in a recording of Stabat Mater and Sept Répons de Ténèbres (Francis Poulenc), released in 2014 by Harmonia Mundi.
In September 2014 the cd Warum, choral works of Brahms, sang by Cappella Amsterdam was released. It won the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik beginning 2015.
Daniel Reuss has been invited to conduct chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe. Among these may be mentioned the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MusikFabrik, Scharoun Ensemble and the Radio Chamber Philharmonic.
From 2015 Daniel Reuss is chief conductor of Ensemble Vocal Lausanne.
Cappella Amsterdam was established by Jan Boeke in 1970 and has, since 1990, been under the artistic leadership of Daniel Reuss. In recent years the choir has occupied a prominent position in the field of Dutch music and has also enjoyed great success in Europe and beyond. Cappella Amsterdam has thus played a vital role in the European Tenso Network of choirs.
Cappella Amsterdam is renowned for its homogenous, refined consonance and its extraordinary versatility. The choir excels in both modern repertoires as in music by the old masters and especially embraces the works of Dutch composers.
Cappella doesn’t only have success with its own productions but also with collaborations with other renowned choirs, ensembles and orchestras. Harmonia mundi released several CDs by Cappella Amsterdam, which were all praised. ‘Lux Aeterna’, for instance, which include works by Görgy Ligeti and Robert Heppener, was crowned with the ‘Diapason d’Or de l’année 2009’. The productions of Sweelinck and Frank Martin’s Golgotha (released by the same label in 2010) also welcomed rave revues.
In November of 2009 Cappella Amsterdam won the VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs in the category ‘most impressive achievement of a small (chamber) ensemble’. The choir has again been recognised in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Amsterdam prize for the Arts, the Edison Classical Listeners award and the VSCD Classical Music award. For a recording of Martin's Golgotha, conducted by Daniel Reuss, the choir was nominated together with the Estonian Philharmonic Orchestra for a Grammy for best choral performance. In September 2014 the new cd ‘Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen‘ with exceptional choral works by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was released in the Netherlands. Daniel Reuss and his Cappella Amsterdam are focussing on Brahms’ later choral works.
This album contains no booklet.