Mother’s Day

So I wanted to do something special for Mother’s Day and it turned into another research sinkhole.

I had it in my mind to do Schubert at some point (probably still will) and I recalled that somewhere in his wiki was a piece he had dedicated to hs mother.  Sure enough- an Octet for Winds (D. 72/72a) but try finding it on YouTube.

Ok, now Google is my friend and classical+music+mother turns up… a gagillion hits for Amazon’s Mozart Lullabies for Mothers.

And Brahms’ German Requiem.

But ek, you say, we just did Brahms and Requiems are so… morbid.

And lingering too I will add, this monstrosity is Brahms’ longest work consisting of 7 movements and clocking in at a whopping 65 to 80 minutes depending on the generosity of the conductor.  On the other hand the Octet is also a memorial for Schubert’s mom who died in 1813.

I had the good fortune to stumble across a complete collection of YouTubes posted by Nachtmarchen.  It’s split into 11 parts and features-

  • The Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • The Leipzig Radio Choir
  • Mari Anne Haggander
  • Siegfried Lorenz
  • Conducted by Herbert Kegel (that glowery looking guy in the thumbnail)

The video part is not at all expressive so I’ve shrunk it in the interests of space.  It’s not particularly loud, but it is all the same loudness so I hope you won’t have to fuss with your volume much between the pieces.

It is ALL 7 movements complete by the same artists.  They are ALL embeddable.

I hope those virtues compensate for whatever deficiencies the recording and performances have.

Movement 1, “Selig sind, die da Leid tragen”, part 2

Movement 2, “Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras”, part 1

Movement 2, “Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras”, part 2

Movement 3, “Herr, lehre doch mich”

Movement 4, “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen”

Movement 5, “Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit”

Movement 6, “Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt”, part 1

Movement 6, “Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt”, part 2

Movement 7, “Selig sind die Toten”, part 1

Movement 7, “Selig sind die Toten”, part 2


  1. Happy Mother’s Day!

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