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Johannes Brahms (1833-97)

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45


Christian Thielemann has crafted a performance that places him among the bes tinterpreters of this work, such as Maazel, Furtwängler, Karajan, Klemperer...

The soloists C. Schäfer and C. Gerhaher rank among the best in their voice ranges.

SOUND FORMAT Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, dts-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9

SUBTITLES: English, French, Spanish, German, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 83 MINS

“tempi are as expansive as you might expect, but Thielemann is too experienced a master of sustaining a line to let solemnity drag into torpor. He has at his disposal superbly drilled, well-modulated, semi-professional radio choirs...Most fascinating to me is Christine Schafer, who in voice and even appearance becomes a Karajan soprano of the late '60s/early '70s.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“it's a performance of great warmth, dignity and impressive power. Much of the visual interest is provided by the batonless Christian Thielemann, using his eyes and large, eloquent hands, almost literally shaping the music into a truly impressive edifice...[His] tempos are stately but never drag...and he has infused his performers with passion.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 *****

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45


Ein Deutsches Requiem was Brahm’s first work to bring together a mixed choir, soloists and a large-scale orchestra

Ein Deutsches Requiem differs from all previous works of this genre in both, form and content. He creates therequiem more like a sermon then a mass for the dead. It puts words of consolation at the start and end: theblessing of the suffering and the blessing of the dead.

This is an extraordinary performance of Ein Deutsches Requiem by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Claudio Abbado, recorded to mark the centenary of Johannes Brahms death in the Grand Hall of the Musikvereinin Vienna in 1997.

Soprano Barbara Bonney (member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and a Visiting Professor at London'sRoyal Academy of Music) and baritone Bryn Terfel (in 2013 Terfel won the "Best Opera Recording" GrammyAward) with the well-acclaimed Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

Lovingly restored, up-scaled and digitally remastered including intensive and high-quality audio and visual restoration.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080i Full HD

Sound format Blu-Ray Disc: PCM Stereo

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 79 mins German

FSK: 0

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Recorded live at the Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Austria 23/08/2016


Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Wiener Singverein & The Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst

Brahms’ German Requiem is a work of great intensity that speaks to people of all faiths and to believers and non-believers alike. In this concert recorded at the magnificent Baroque basilica of Saint Florian in Austria, The Cleveland Orchestra and its Music Director Franz Welser-Möst pare down all traces of bombast and, together with the Wiener Singverein, soloists Hanna-Elisabeth Müller and Simon Keenlyside, they create a meditation on life and death, hailed by the press as "an event of the first order".

Language: German, Subtitles: German, English, French, Korean

Region code: worldwide

Running time 72 mins.

Sound Formats: LPCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 1080p High Definition 16:9 BD 50

“It is the quality of humble devotion so germane to the work that distinguishes the sober but never staid conducting of Franz Welser-Möst. Pacing is well-nigh perfect…there are no extras, and none are needed” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2

Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2


Albéniz:

El puerto (from Iberia, book 1)

Achúcarro at the Prado

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Recorded live at Jerwood Hall, St Luke’s, London, May 2009.

London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Achúcarro at the Prado

Chopin:

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Achúcarro at the Prado

Prelude Op. 28 No. 16 in B flat minor

Achúcarro at the Prado

Scriabin:

Prelude & Nocturne, Op. 9


Joaquín Achúcarro (piano)

This recording commemorates the 50th anniversary of Joaquín Achúcarro’s debut with the London Symphony Orchestra after winning the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic International Competition in 1959. Recorded at Jerwood Hall, St Luke’s, London, with Britain’s eminent conductor Colin Davis at the helm, Achúcarro delivers a consummate performance that brilliantly expresses his delicate and passionate style. Extra features include a substantial documentary about Achúcarro’s career and performances of solo piano pieces by Brahms, Chopin, Scriabin and Albéniz filmed in the beautiful setting of the Prado museum, Madrid.

“Achúcarro’s approach is unorthodox in today’s stick-to-theletter-of-the-score, mechanically perfect musical world. His rubati seem excessive to some; to others, like a throwback to a Golden Age. For all of his reverence for the great composers whose music he plays, he maintains a healthy sense of their humanity as well. “Our duty is first of all to understand what composer does and wants, and then to try to deliver it the best we can, but also to serve the music,” he says. “And maybe sometimes the composer is wrong.” He adds, “People say you must follow the text. But if you follow the text, perhaps the music is not totally served.” … And he views what he does as a performer as an act of creation in its own right.” The Washington Post

Extra features:

Joaquín Achúcarro: 50 years on

Documentary including interviews with Plácido Domingo, Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta.

Running time 131 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 & 5.1 PCM

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“all three sections of both versions benefit from the masterly hand of director Robin Lough who, unlike many of his peers, knows how to let the music speak for itself without the need for frantic cuts and cross-fades...The short recital filmed in the Prado captures Achúcarro at his intimate best” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


NDR Elbphilharmonie Orcheste, Thomas Hengelbrock

Before moving into the Elbphilharmonie, chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and his NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester performed a ‘Brahms Marathon’ with all four symphonies of the Hamburg-born composer in the historic Laeiszhalle. Brahms’ music has always played an important role in the history of the orchestra, whose defining interpretations of the symphonies by Brahms and Bruckner have become the ensemble’s artistic hallmark. The orchestra, founded in 1945, was led by outstanding conductors such as Günter Wand, Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnányi. Since 2011, chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock is in charge of continuing the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester’s history. In the bonus program Discovering Brahms, Thomas Hengelbrock offers interesting background information on all four symphonies. ‘The evening was more than worth it’ (Hamburger Abendblatt).

RECORDING DATE: Laeiszhalle Hamburg, May 2016

SOUND FORMAT: Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: English, German, French

SUBTITLES BONUS: German (original language), English

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 210 mins

Concert: 167 mins / Bonus: 43 mins

BONUS: Discovering Brahms with Thomas Hengelbrock

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Recording Date:

Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 recorded at the Semperoper Dresden 2013

Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 recorded at the NHK Hall Tokyo 2013

After the great success of his Beethoven cycle, Christian Thielemann now turns with his new orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, to the symphonic work of Johannes Brahms.

Bonus features include: an extensive 52 minute interview with Christian Thielemann on Brahms’ Symphonies and provides and in-depth look into his interpretation of Brahms.

Subtitles: English, Japanese and Korean

Sound Format Blu-ray: dts-HD MA 5.1/5.1, PCM Stereo

Picture: 16:9, HD

Booklet: E, G, F

Total Running Time: 260 Minutes

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Brahms: The Piano Concertos

Brahms: The Piano Concertos

Wiener Musikverein, 2015


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


“It is not every day that Brahms sounds so perfect as this,” enthuses the Kurier newspaper, describing Buchbinder’s performance with the Vienna Philharmonic. The “phenomenal piano virtuoso” (Kurier) plays the First and Second Piano Concertos of Johannes Brahms in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein with Maestro Zubin Mehta, who has long been intensively associated both with the orchestra and with soloist Rudolf Buchbinder.

Brahms’s piano concertos constantly demand from the pianist a wide range of interpretational refinement alongside a very high level of concentration and considerable technical skill. A challenge which Rudolf Buchbinder easily achieves: “Buchbinder’s tour de force earned him cheers” (Die Presse). “What Rudolf Buchbinder, the Vienna Philharmonic and conductor Zubin Mehta delivered at the Musikverein easily deserves the accolade ‘milestone’.” (Kurier)

Running Time Total: 96 mins

Picture 16:9, HD

Sound BD: DTS-HD MA 5.0, PCM 2.0

Booklet German, English, French

“There's always something heroic about Rudolf Buchbinder's exploits...He never takes the easy route when an option exists to duck a score's extreme technical demands, and his readings are unfailingly persuasive...Buchbinder's virtuosity is supremely relaxed, with no playing to the gallery. When Brahms calls for lyricism, he provides it with a wonderfully unforced sincerity.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 *****

“There are surprisingly few couplings of both Brahms concertos on DVD/BD, and this one takes its place towards the top.” MusicWeb International, 31st January 2017

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Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3

Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3


Brahms:

Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Lullaby)

Encore


The DVD continues the success of the Brahms CD with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis, released in March (4778767). Recent reviews are excellent and will certainly make for an outstanding DVD:

“Never before have Mutter and Orkis seemed so joined at the hip, giving and taking, conducting dialogue, chasing each others’ thoughts . . . She plays with a new degree of maturity and depth, especially visible in the slow movements. The disc’s high point is the adagio from the first sonata, in G major, where Mutter’s gold thread is reduced to a dusky murmur before shifting through tones as subtle as they are various. Orkis’s contribution is equally vital, whether keeping pace with limpid filigree or, at the close, pedalling up a penumbra of resonance to balance Mutter’s whispers. Magical music-making, this. Elsewhere, Mutter shows that she is able to become passionately alive without shaking with neuroses. In the third sonata, in D minor, the finale lives up to Brahms’s instruction -- "presto agitato" -- but never races over the top. Throughout, speeds and dynamics are controlled with regard for the music’s inner substance, not its outward show . . . The CD’s delectable virtues also include Deutsche Grammophon’s clear, well-balanced recording. A masterly issue . . .” The Times (London)

On this recording, Anne-Sophie Mutter, accompanied by pianist Lambert Orkis, shares her up-to-date thoughts on the Brahms Violin Sonatas that have been central to her repertoire from the start of her career

As bonus material the DVD includes Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis in conversation in English (with subtitles), Anne-Sophie Mutter on Brahms’s Violin Sonatas in German and the promotional video.

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A Flight through the Orchestra

A Flight through the Orchestra


Brahms:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73


Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Tugan Sokhiev

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This version of Brahm’s second symphony has been filmed in one long, continuous shot in each movement with the camera capturing the perspective of each musician and instrument.

The completely new sound design enhances whichever instrument the camera is focusing upon at any given moment.

The structure of the score shines through the recording.

The DVD offers an entirely new way of looking at and listening to a classical concert – A Flight through the Orchestra.

From the Old Power Station Kraftwerk Rummelsburg, Berlin, June 2015

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080i Full HD – 16:9

Sound format Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.0

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet Notes: English, German, French

Running time: 45 mins

German FSK: 0

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Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms

Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms

Lucerne Festival in Summer 2014 Opening Concert


Brahms:

Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Sara Mingardo (alto)

Bavarian Radio Choir

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73


In 2014, all signs pointed to a new beginning at the Lucerne Festival. For the first time, the festival would take place without the incomparable Claudio Abbado, with the young Latvian Andris Nelsons leading the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Nelsons had already won the trust and respect of both listeners and performers in a moving memorial concert for Abbado in Lucerne. He is known internationally as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation.

Now he was poised to lead the prestigious festival into a new era – he brilliantly mastered this “greatest challenge” (as he himself called it) of his career. The audience and the musicians responded with heart‐felt gratitude. “He is aware of every single player and carries us on an unbelievable wave of enthusiasm”, according to concertmaster Sebastian Breuninger. Solo violist Wolfram Christ adds, “Nelsons accepts what is inherent in our orchestra and what comes from Abbado; he builds on it and makes it into something new.”

Picture Format Blu‐ray: NTSC 16:9, Full HD

Sound Formats Blu‐ray: DTS HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 109:00 min

Disc Format: BD 25

Subtitles: German (Original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

“What a spine-tingling DVD this is...Nelsons is his own man; this was no stand-in performance, and the level of concentrated artistry here is phenomenal...the entire performance testifies to his utter absorption in the music and to his ability to transmit his feel for style and sonority both to the orchestra and to the audience.” The Telegraph, 10th May 2015 *****

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