Johannes Brahms
Latvian Radio Choir
Conductor | Sigvards Kļava
Piano | Dace Kļava
Piano | Aldis Liepiņš
Best known for his gigantic orchestral masterpieces Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) took equal pleasure in writing smaller miniatures. In fact, Brahms wrote a substantial number of pieces for vocal quartet and piano; this ensemble was for him a vehicle for expressing warmth and positive emotions, and as such this genre remains one of the most beloved in his output. This new recording by the prestigious Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava features a selection from his Opp. 52, 64, 65 and 92, including some of his famous Liebeslieder-Walzer.
 
Choir & Organ Magazine | 09.2017
"Under Sigvards Kļava these singers don’t wallow in over-sentimentality but give an impressive interpretation of this glorious music, aided by two superb pianists."
 
Paul L Althouse | American Record Guide | 11.2017
"If you think of Latvia as the fringe of our artistic universe, I would advise you to broaden your horizon a bit. This is a terrific chorus of 24, beautifully blended and expertly trained."
 
Rainer W. Janka | Klassik heute | 07.2017
"Vibratolos und mit einer schön abgedunkelten Höhe singt dieser Chor, absolut austariert ist der Klang der Stimmgruppen und leidenschaftlich ist die Hingabe an diese hochromantische Chormusik. Manchmal dürften die Sänger konsonantisch schärfer artikulieren – aber wie schwierig muss dieses merkwürdige Deutsch für die lettischen Zungen sein!..
Für Liebhaber von Chören ist diese CD geradezu ein exemplarisches Vorzeigeprodukt, an dem man viel demonstrieren und von dem man viel lernen kann."
Release date: 
06.2017