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This disc gives you quality rather than quantity, which works for me every time. The uniquely creative Latvian Radio Choir give a performance of great finesse in the lushly romantic world of Johannes Brahms. Under Sigvards Klava these singers don’t wallow in over-sentimentality but give an impressive interpretation of this glorious music, aided by two superb pianists. The Liebeslieder-Walzer op.52 is clearly written by a man secretly in love, so the tunes just pour out of him. This mood was soon to be shattered, such is the way of the world, so by the time his Neue Liebeslieder op.65 was written Brahms had a more realistic and sombre view of life. Even so, his genius was able to adapt the waltz style to reflect this mood. The programme opens with the op.64 and op.92 sets of part songs.

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