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Alsop impresses not only as a communicator and female role model; she is also an ambassador for classical music in the 21st century. That may be why she has been chosen to compère the Last Night of the Proms on September 7.

But the subtext of her hectic career on both sides of the Atlantic – here conducting the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra – is that she longs to be regarded as a heavyweight interpreter, a case not consistently proven.

There are few more heavyweight choral classics than the Brahms German Requiem, and I am pleased to report that the performance, if a mite over-respectful, comes across as sensitively contoured, intelligently paced and immaculately balanced.

The soloists, Stephan Genz and Anna Lucia Richter, combine purity and expressiveness, and the radiant MDR chorus has the music in its bones. At bargain price, Alsop’s latest recording represents another step up the ladder.

Brahms

Ein Deutsches Requiem

Marin Alsop

(Naxos)

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