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Ave Maria, Op 12
composer
1858; first performed, with orchestral accompaniment, at the Gradener Akademie in Hamburg on 2 December 1859, Brahms conducting; published 1861
author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

Recordings
'Brahms & Rheinberger: Mass' (CDA67559)
Brahms & Rheinberger: Mass
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67559 
'Brahms: motets' (CDH55346)
Brahms: motets
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55346  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 13 on CDH55346 [3'51] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Ave Maria, Op 12
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Composed in 1858, but not published until 1861, the first performance of the Ave Maria Op 12 was given at the Gradener Akademie in Hamburg on 2 December 1859, with orchestral accompaniment, along with the Funeral Hymn Op 13, both directed by Brahms. It represents the composer’s first published attempt at combining vocal and instrumental music, and although there are certain infelicities, the obvious warmth of expression contrasts markedly with the main body of the motets as a whole.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1991

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