Brahms Bash

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

It's a big week for Johannes Brahms and The Choral Mix at WQXR. This Tuesday at 7 pm, Kent Tritle will host the first live broadcast of The Choral Mix from The Greene Space. The program will be devoted to the choral works of Brahms, performed by nine choirs from New York City. This week's show samples Brahms's charming lieder and larger masterworks for choir in anticipation of this exciting event.

Brahms's output of lieder and chamber vocal works was tremendous, publishing nearly 300 vocal works over 43 years. He admired poetry and would often use poems by luminaries including Goethe and Eichendorff for his compositions. The composer would often select a text based on his current mood, which undoubtedly adds certain insight to the composer’s heart.
On this program we hear an intimate performance of the Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer performed by an all-star quartet featuring Barbara Bonney, Anne Sofie von Otter, Kurt Streit and Olaf Bar. Later we turn to Song of Destiny for a sample of Brahms's signature warm orchestral writing. Rounding out the show, Sehnsucht (longing) and Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren (Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled) features Brahms' melancholy and reflective side.

Playlist (In alphabetical order by title):

Drei Gesänge
Marcus Creed

Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren
Westminster Choir
Joseph Flummerfelt

Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer

Gächinger Kantore
Helmuth Rilling

Song of Destiny
Wiener Symphoniker
Wolfgang Sawallisch

Comments [4]

Elliie from NYC

The Choral Mix is one of the best programs
on Wqxr. Kent's knowledge , the variety of
the programs and his choice of music make
it worthwhile getting up early on a Sunday

Jul. 10 2011 09:15 PM
Jacob Ruppert from Louisiana

It simply does not get better than Brahms choral music. Thank you.

Jun. 14 2011 04:41 PM
Michael Meltzer

These programs are just too good and too uplifting to be relegated to the off-hours.
I suggest a third airing of each program, during the week, around lunchtime. New York would be a nicer place in which to live.

Jun. 13 2011 01:47 AM
Robert Russell from NYC

A whole hour devoted to Brahms choral music: sumptuous! Thank you.

Jun. 12 2011 08:32 AM

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