Brahms: Motets

Brahms: Motets

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best (conductor)


Of all late nineteenth-century composers, Brahms was without peer as a contrapuntalist, and nowhere is his total mastery and understanding better demonstrated than in the unaccompanied motets. Such is the structural density and technical sophistication of much of this music that Brahms once rather worriedly enquired of his friend and mentor, Joseph Joachim: ‘Quite apart from the ingenuity, is it good music?’

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