Seraphic Fire’s Brahms debuts at No. 5 on iTunes

By David Fleshler

Patrick Dupre Quigley

Seraphic Fire’s new recording of Brahms’ German Requiem hit No. 5 on the iTunes Classical chart on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after its release.

The Miami choir’s Brahms ranked just ahead of the London Symphony Orchestra’s recording of the complete Beethoven symphonies under Josef Krips but behind The 100 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music and a recording by America’s Got Talent child singer Jackie Evancho. The choir also beat out cellist Yo-Yo Ma, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Seraphic Fire.

“To debut in the Top 10 on the first day of a release is nearly unheard of,” stated Seraphic Fire founding artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley in the release. “We are excited to join the ranks of such estimable musicians.”

For the Brahms recording, Seraphic Fire was joined by the young singers of the Professional Choral Institute, a partnership between Seraphic Fire and the University of South Florida intended to train the next generation of professional ensemble singers. They performed the German Requiem last season in concert with Seraphic Fire.

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