Christine Schäfer, Sopran
Christian Gerhaher, Bariton
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Einstudierung: Peter Dijkstra)
The soloists in this production, which was recorded at Munich's Philharmonie in April 2007 with the Munich Philharmonic, also rank among the best in their voice ranges. Christian Gerhaher has become particularly noted as a Lied singer, and won the prestigious "Echo Klassik" award in 2002 for his recording of Schubert's "Winterreise." He has since established himself as a sought-after baritone in many opera roles (including Papageno in the Salzburg Festival's Mozart 22 production of "The Magic Flute" recorded by Unitel). Soprano Christine Schäfer has won rave reviews above all for her impassioned interpretations of Mozart roles such as Cherubino and Donna Anna (also available in Unitel's Mozart 22 project). In the Brahms Requiem, she "transforms the 'Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit' into an angelic hymn, clear and wondrously beautiful, removed from all pain and suffering. Flawless." (Joachim Kaiser, Süddeutsche Zeitung).