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October 27, 2014
"Tovey and the BSO deliver a bracing Brahms Requiem..."
Bryn Terfel
Bryn Terfel

Jeffrey Gantz in the Boston Globe writes:

"...“Ein deutsches Requiem” waxes eloquent in its three fugues, which proclaim the glory of the Lord. But elsewhere, especially in the first and last movements, it offers lukewarm comfort, addressing itself primarily to those left behind. This performance, however, was a blaze of ecstasy. Tovey kept it moving without rushing. The orchestra was pungent; Terfel’s two solos were well suited to his stentorian dramatics; Joshua was affecting if a bit strained. But the star of the evening was John Oliver’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus, massive in “Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras” and “Aber des Herrn Wort,” sprightly in “So seid nun geduldig,” swinging in “Die Erlöseten des Herrn,” sweet and swaying in “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen,” an irresistible force in “Herr, du bist würdig,” and crystal clear everywhere. In short: heaven on earth..."

 

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