Brahms: Schicksalslied & Nänie

Posted on Mar 1, 2009

Spring Concert

(Sunday, March 1, 2009)

Mendelssohn: Psalms 114 & 115


Johannes Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)

Program notes by Beth Fleming (Symphony Silicon Valley), with text & translation
Program notes (Lexington Philharmonic)
Program notes by Wayne Gerard Reisig, with list of recordings (All Music Guide, at Answers.com)

Text & translation (Emily Ezust)

CD Recordings

Gerd Albrecht, Danish National Choir & Symphony Orchestra, Chandos CHAN 10165 (2001) (with Nänie, Triumphlied, Ave Maria)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (album only)

John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Soli Deo Gloria SDG702 (2007) (with First Symphony, Begräbnisgesang)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (album only)

Helmut Rilling, Stuttgart Gachinger Kantorei, Stuttgart Bach Collegium, Hänssler Classic 098.122.000 (with Nänie, Begräbnisgesang, four songs op. 17)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct
Purchase MP3 download at Classics Online (individual tracks available)

Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Telarc CD-80176 (with Nänie, Gesang der Parzen, Alto Rhapsody)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (album only)
Purchase MP3 download at iTunes (album only)

Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Telarc TLC 80602 (1990)
(“Elegy”) — also includes Elegischer Gesang, from 3/1 concert
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct
Recording info. at CD Universe

Giuseppe Sinopoli, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Czech Philharmonic, Deutsche Grammophon 435 0662 (with Nänie, Triumphlied, Alto Rhapsody)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct

CD Reviews

by Michael Cookson at MusicWeb International (Albrecht)
by Victor Carr, Jr. at Classics Today (Albrecht)
by John Quinn at MusicWeb International (Gardiner)
by David Hurwitz at Classics Today (Gardiner)
by Dominic McHugh at MusicalCriticism.com (Gardiner)
from All Music Guide, with recording info., at Answers.com (Shaw)

Note-Learning Aids

MIDI file (Chœur de Compostelle)
MIDI file (Chœur de Bourg-la-Reine) and for individual voice parts:
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
Recording on YouTube


Johannes Brahms: Nänie

Essay by Gary D. Cannon (Brahms and Young Death: The Inspiration of Nänie)
Program notes by Steven Ledbetter (Handel Society of Dartmouth College)
(page 5 of PDF)

Text & translation (San Francisco Bach Choir)
Text & translation (Emily Ezust)

CD Recordings

Gerd Albrecht, Danish National Choir & Symphony Orchestra, Chandos CHAN 10165 (2001) (with Nänie, Triumphlied, Ave Maria)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (album only)

Helmut Rilling, Stuttgart Gachinger Kantorei, Stuttgart Bach Collegium, Hänssler Classic 098.122.000 (with Nänie, Begräbnisgesang, four songs op. 17)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct
Purchase MP3 download at Classics Online (individual tracks available)

Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Telarc CD-80176 (with Nänie, Gesang der Parzen, Alto Rhapsody)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct
Purchase MP3 download at Amazon.com (album only)
Purchase MP3 download at iTunes (album only)

Giuseppe Sinopoli, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Czech Philharmonic, Deutsche Grammophon 435 0662 (with Nänie, Triumphlied, Alto Rhapsody)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at H&B Recordings Direct

CD Reviews

by Michael Cookson at MusicWeb International (Albrecht)
by Victor Carr, Jr. at Classics Today (Albrecht)
from All Music Guide, with recording info., at Answers.com (Shaw)

Note-Learning Aids

MIDI file (Boulder Chorale)
MIDI file (Opera Club)
Recording on YouTube: part 1, part 2 (Abbado recording)


Composer’s Biography

Grove Concise Dictionary of Music
Brahms Timeline

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