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Brahms A Cappella Volume 1

Brahms A Cappella Volume 1


Brahms:

Marienlieder, Op. 22

Motets (2), Op. 29

Motets (2), Op. 74

Fest- und Gedenksprüche, Op. 109

Motets (3), Op. 110


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Brahms: Cello Sonatas & Clarinet Trio

Brahms: Cello Sonatas & Clarinet Trio


Brahms:

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99


Paul Watkins (cello) & Ian Brown (piano)

Performing Brahms’s cello sonatas and Clarinet Trio, Paul Watkins here presents three enduring masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire. He is joined by two musicians of the highest calibre, the pianist Ian Brown, his established duo partner, and the clarinettist Michael Collins.

Himself an accomplished player in his youth, Brahms was passionate about the cello and wrote many glorious parts for the instrument. However, he had difficulty writing his Cello Sonata No. 1, eventually destroying an Adagio to leave the three-movement work we know today. Completed in 1865, it is somewhat reserved in character, with an elaborate fugal finale that, looking backwards, pays homage to Bach. A little over twenty years later, in 1886, Brahms composed his Cello Sonata No. 2, the expansive form and extrovert character of which stand in graphic contrast to the first. The writing also shows a more adventurous approach to the cello, heard right from the outset in the leaping, passionate theme with which the first movement opens.

One of his last works, the Clarinet Trio was written after Brahms had decided to retire from composition. It was the artistry of Richard Mühlfeld that inspired him to return to composition and write a series of works for the clarinet, considered some of the supreme masterpieces in the instrument’s repertoire.

“Collins, Watkins and Brown play as a proper, instinctive ensemble, well tailored in phrasing, unanimous in their attack and architectural finesse, and mellifluous in their shaping of Brahms’s melodic and harmonic richness.” The Telegraph, 17th July 2014 ****

“The late sonata’s expansive mood and grand sonorities have made it the more popular of the two — it was a favourite of Casals. Yet the melancholy early work doesn’t deserve its comparative neglect. Nor does the Clarinet Trio, as this expressive performance by three of Britain’s finest musicians reminds us.” Sunday Times, 20th July 2014

“by stretching and releasing phrases without corrupting the basic pulse, lightening or darkening notes without damaging timbres, Collins shares with his colleagues an individual impulse to the music...A penetrating interpretation.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

“This is one of those rare discs that surprises as much as it delights... There are many great performances of these sonatas, but I cannot recall a set of such flexibility and nuance or of such generous interplay between equals. Watkins and Brown take their time. Nothing is rushed. Everything is expressive.” MusicWeb International, 14th October 2014

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Brahms - Choral Works Volume 2

Brahms - Choral Works Volume 2


Brahms:

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Nänie von Friedrich Schiller, für Chor und Orchester, Op. 82

Triumphlied, Op. 55

Ave Maria, Op. 12


Danish National (Radio) Symphony Orchestra Chorus/DR, Danish National Orchestra/DR, Gerd Albrecht

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Brahms - Choral Works Volume 3

Brahms - Choral Works Volume 3


Brahms:

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Anna Larsson (contralto)

Rinaldo, Op. 50

(cantata by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)


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Brahms: Clarinet Quintet and Clarinet Sonata No. 2

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet and Clarinet Sonata No. 2


Brahms:

Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Lindsay String Quartet

Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

Peter Frankl (piano)


Janet Hilton (clarinet)

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Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115, etc.

Brahms:

Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Ivan Mozgovenko (clarinet)

Mozart:

String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K421


Recorded 1969

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Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2

Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2


Brahms:

Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2


Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), Gwenneth Pryor (piano)

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Brahms - Complete Symphonies

Brahms - Complete Symphonies


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


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Brahms: Double Concerto & Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1

Brahms: Double Concerto & Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1


Brahms:

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26


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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45


This reissue is a moving experience in itself, and not only for returning to the catalogue a superlative recording of Brahms’s masterpiece, not the best known at the time of its release in 1991, but also for the exceptional soloists, majestically accompanied by Hickox and his LSO and Chorus. Gramophone praised the ‘fine soloists’, especially the ‘resonance and ease’ of the bass baritone, David Wilson-Johnson. The review also acclaimed the ‘sheer generosity of style and sound’ as well as the choir and orchestra, ‘excellent and wellbalanced, both in themselves and with each other’. Overall, the ‘Hickox gives a remarkably satisfying performance’. Despite its large-scale conception, Brahms’s Requiem remains the product of a very private world, the personal communication of the philosophy of one man, ‘such a great soul – and yet he doesn’t believe in anything’, as Dvorák once remarked.

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