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 Fauré and Brahms would later write. It’s great to see the piece and performance attract some press attention.