Cappella Amsterdam sings exceptional choral works by Brahms
Friday 26 September 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 with this cd.
The influence of renaissance composers, but above all Heinrich Schütz on Brahm’s style can be heard clearly on this cd. Apart from the by turns austere and resplendent motets, like the famous Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Muhseligen?, also secular works such as Schicksalslied in a version for choir and piano has been recorded, accompanied by Philip Mayers and Angela Gassenhuber. This cd lights out a lesser know side of Brahms with works that have the same quality as his famous symphonies.
The choir’s chief conductor and artistic leader Daniel Reuss about the recording: “It’s a dream to have been able to record these works, which I have already been performing for thirty years. With this recording we want to listener to experience Brahms’ strictness, as well as his warmth, in all simplicity.”