Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 & St. Anthony Variations

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 & St. Anthony Variations


Brahms:

Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

Hungarian State Orchestra, Gyula Nemeth

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Gyorgy Lehel

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Gyorgy Lehel

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Gyorgy Lehel


Hungaroton - CLD4038-40

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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 DVD: DTS 5.0/5.1, PCM Stereo

Picture: 16:9, HD

Booklet: E, G, F

Total Running Time: 260 Minutes

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Brahms: The Symphonies

Brahms: The Symphonies


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Philharmonia Orchestra (Nos. 1, 2 and 4), Wiener Philharmoniker (No. 3)

Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

Philharmonia Orchestra

Hungarian Dances (excerpts)

Berliner Philharmoniker


Recordings from 1952 to 1960

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Brahms: The Symphonies

Brahms: The Symphonies


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Intermezzo in E major, Op. 116 No. 4

arr. Paul Klengel

Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

arr. Paul Klengel

Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52: excerpts

Orchestral Version

Nagen am Herzen fühl ich Gift in mir, Op. 65, No. 9

Orchestral Version

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F major

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 - Andante

Original First Performance Version


Following the 2011 landmark Beethoven cycle, Riccardo Chailly returns with a recording of the complete Brahms symphonies and orchestral works including the overtures and Haydn Variations.

Rarities include world premiere recordings of two piano intermezzi orchestrated by Paul Klengel (brother of the Gewandhaus’ long-standing principal cellist Julius Klengel); the 9 Liebeslieder waltzes; the original first performance version of the Andante of Symphony No. 1 and the even rarer revised opening of the Fourth Symphony.

Chailly has radically rethought his approach to these works, re-examining the scores and returning to the recorded interpretations of a generation of conductors alive during Brahms’ lifetime, principally Felix Weingartner and one of his Gewandhaus predecessors Bruno Walter.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“There’s not a whiff of Germanic stodginess, but nor do you feel the music is being unnaturally pushed. Chailly’s tempi, faster than 20th century tradition and always consistent within themselves, bring out the “classical” in Brahms, and the Leipzigers’ performances – wonderfully lithe as well as meltingly lyrical – are a tonic” Financial Times, 26th October 2013 *****

“dynamic and dramatic readings, faithful to Brahms's intentions. Powerfully conceived, they are rhythmically alert, without an ounce of undue sentiment and never for an instant losing sight of the scores' rock-solid architecture. The Gewandhaus players reward him with magnificent playing, alert and sumptuously rich in sound.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 *****

“Chailly achieves a refreshing clarity and vividness...Sometimes, I feel, clarity is achieved at the cost of lightening the bass too much. All in all, though, these are richly stimulating performances.” Sunday Times, 17th November 2013

“the overriding impression I got from these performances was of Chailly wanting to blow away the cobwebs, to set aside tradition and to come up with something that sounded different.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 14th October 2013

Presto Disc of the Week

14th October 2013

GGramophone Awards 2014

Record of the Year

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - October 2013

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

Orchestral Award Winner

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


This special 3 CD-box features the four Symphonies by Johannes Brahms, performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, under Paavo Berglund.

Paavo Berglund (1929–2012) is considered to be one of the most acclaimed Finnish conductors of the last few decades. This highly praised symphony cycle is re-released in honour of his memory.

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, hailed as one of the finest ensembles in the world, has released over 100 recordings with the world’s leading conductors and soloists, winning several prestigious awards.

Present day performances of Brahms symphonies with smaller string forces are rare, but there is evidence that the size of orchestra in Brahms’s time was not fixed and, indeed, Brahms’s own orchestra in Meiningen performed his fourth symphony with almost the same forces as are used on this recording.

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Brahms: Complete Symphonies & Tragic Overture

Brahms: Complete Symphonies & Tragic Overture


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81


GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - June 2013

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4


Brahms:

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


During recent years Andrew Manze has become one of the most inspiring conductors of his generation. Since 2006 he has been the principle conductor of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, who celebrated their 100th birthday in February.

It is with this orchestra that Andrew Manze conducts a wonderful new interpretation of the Brahms Symphonies, recorded in SACD sound. Accompanying the complete Symphonies are the Haydn Variations, Tragic Overture and Academic Overture.

“this proves a release of distinctive character and many rewards...Although Manze has come from the 'period performance' movement, there is absolutely nothing pedantic in the readings he secures from his modern-instrument players...There are many instances of fresh thinking in his approach - and of fresh feeling.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ****

“With swift, flowing tempi and minimal vibrato, Manze's Brahms is lithe, clear and bold. His pulse within movements will be too flexible for some tastes, but much is organic-sounding and he is generally convincing.” Classical Music, 5th May 2012 ***

“These Brahms performances...suggest that Manze has brought an added subtlety and beauty to the orchestra's string-playing...The Haydn Variations and the Academic Festival Overture are both finely done. Elsewhere what we have is work in progress, not only for the orchestra...but also for Manze himself. Awash with insights and excitements though his readings are, he has yet to bring these within the fold of a settled vision.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

“Manze’s performances are quite outstanding. His interpretations are taut without being over-driven; at the same time he is sensitive to the emotional ebbs and flows of Brahms’ music, and his management of transitions is masterly.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

“You don't often find freshness and innovation in performances of the Brahms symphonies, but Manze's take is wholly individual: they burst with life, by turns wistful, yearning, sharp-edged and blisteringly incisive...Manze's vision provides more than an "early music" approach to Brahms: this is the composer reinvented for the 21st century.” The Observer, 6th May 2012

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Rhenish State Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Raiskin

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Brahms: The Complete Symphonies

Brahms: The Complete Symphonies


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra


Amongst the standard performances for this repertoire.

Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the current music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Great performances by 2 of the best Dutch orchestras, both were under his artistic leadership for years. This is an unfailingly warm-hearted, full-blooded Brahmsian sound and seems to represent a genuine attempt at redirecting the modern symphony orchestra towards the sort of sound-mix Brahms himself is likely to have heard.

“recommended without qualification. This is a vibrant cycle, played with real ardour and extremely well recorded. It shows van Zweden to be a really committed and intelligent Brahmsian. There's not a weak link here: every performance is full of life and sections that can be problematic are triumphantly successful...van Zweden is consistently inspiring and imaginative.” International Record Review, October 2011

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