Reicha Requiem Reviewed

It’s unusual for amateur groups like the Stanford Symphonic Chorus and Peninsula Symphony get reviewed. But the rarity of the Reicha Requiem attracted a review from David Bratman in San Francisco Classical Voice.

It’s a nice, insightful piece, and I love his thoroughly appropriate lead sentence: “Tired of the usual run of jolly Christmas choral music?” The Reicha is a severe, complex work. It’s quite beautiful, but not quite the more comforting kind of Requiem that Faur√© and Brahms would later write. It’s great to see the piece and performance attract some press attention.

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