TSO, Mendelssohn choir and soloists give Brahms his due

Photo of TMC performing with the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall. The orchestra and soloists are on stage and the Choir is in the choir loft. Peter Oundjian is on the podium conducting.

Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail

And fittingly, Toronto’s Mendelssohn Choir, fresh off a performance of the Missa Solemnis just a week ago, provided the backbone of the TSO performance of the German Requiem. The chorus is part of the Requiem for almost its entire 70-minute length, and with the preparation of Noel Edison and under the direction of Peter Oundjian, the choir was outstanding – flexible, subtle, powerful, overwhelming. It portrayed the complete emotional range that Brahms lavished on this work, from Lutheran chant to tortured fugue, to lyrical hymn, to joyous celebration.

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