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

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Brahms: Symphonies & Overtures & Ein deutsches Requiem

Brahms: Symphonies & Overtures & Ein deutsches Requiem


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

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

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

with Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)

with Philharmonia Chorus (men’s voices)

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) & Ralph Downes (organ)

with Philharmonia Chorus


Otto Klemperer was born on 14th May 1885 in Breslau, Silesia (now Wroclaw, Poland) and died on 6th July 1973 in Zurich and hence next year we mark 40 years since his passing. He had had a remarkable career as a young man but it was at the age of 70 that he started a series of recordings that would not only establish him as an internationally renowned conductor but provide EMI with a catalogue of recordings that became and remain touchstones.

Besides being a great conductor Otto Klemperer was also a composer and when listening to his compositions you are left in no doubt that he was much influenced by the music of Brahms. It was therefore natural for Walter Legge, founder of the Philharmonia Orchestra and one of EMI’s chief recording producers should want to acquire recordings of the four symphonies of Brahms to set alongside those of Beethoven. The set also includes the Academic Festival Overture and Tragic Overtures and the “Haydn” Variations. For the soloist in the Alto Rhapsody Legge turned to the great mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig.

In 1961 Klemperer returned to recording Brahms by committing his classic performance of Ein deutsches Requiem to disc. With the soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as soloists and the magnificent Philharmonia Chorus this recording has remained a firm fixture in the EMI Classics catalogue since its first release.

EMI - The Klemperer Legacy - 4043382

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4, Serenades Nos. 1 & 2 & Haydn Variations

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4, Serenades Nos. 1 & 2 & Haydn Variations


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Wiener Philharmoniker

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

Wiener Philharmoniker

Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

London Symphony Orchestra

Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16

London Symphony Orchestra


There have been many recordings of the Brahms symphonies but few have the passion, vitality and drive of István Kertész’s Vienna Philharmonic cycle. This 4CD collection brings together all of Kertész’s Brahms recordings for Decca. The two Serenades were recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra. His Wiener Philharmoniker Brahms cycle began in May 1964 with a recording of the Second Symphony and continued in 1972-73 with the remaining symphonies and the Variations on a theme of Haydn. Recording of the Variations commenced on 1 March 1972, and upon Kertész’s passing (16 April 1973), the orchestra completed the recording on 14 May 1973, conductor-less, in his memory.

“Kertesz's Brahms cycle has wonderful freshness and Magyar fire; his invigorating Serenade in D has surely never been bettered. Sound is occasionally a little rough.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2013 *****

“The playing and the recording are gorgeous—just listen to the way the oboe steals in as if from nowhere for its main solo in the slow movement” Gramophone Magazine (Symphony No. 1)

“This is a really excellent performance … This orchestra plays marvellously” Gramophone Magazine (Symphony No. 2)

“Kertesz's is an exemplary reading of the Fourth Symphony” Gramophone Magazine

“[The Symphonies] are superbly played by the Vienna Philharmonic and this account of No. 3 is deeply musical, unaffected and natural, distinguished by warm string tone and eloquent wind playing. The wind blend beautifully, even the somewhat thin Viennese oboe tone sounds splendidly expressive … The recording is exceptionally well-balanced; it has just the right perspective and the relationship between wind and the rest of the orchestra, which seems to baffle many balance engineers these days, could not be more musically or naturally judged. The same goes for the St Antoni Variations the last part of which were recorded in Kertesz's much lamented absence.” Gramophone Magazine

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4804839

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Brahms: The Complete Symphonies

Brahms: The Complete Symphonies


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

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


This set would seem to be self-recommending: a composer, conductor and orchestra perfectly at one – and yet these late recordings of the Italian maestro have never before been gathered in one set.

There are, of course, other recordings of Giulini conducting Brahms, and with other fine orchestras. But the glow of the Vienna Philharmonic, especially in their own hall of the Musikverein, lends this always ambivalent music an additional richness without the burden of (German?) weightiness that can sometimes encumber Brahms. Giulini’s tempi by this stage in his life were steady, to be sure, but animated from within, just as his own interpretative experience was shaped by playing viola under the great conductors of a former generation in Rome’s Augusteo Orchestra.

If the Four Symphonies have their own personalities, ranging from the exuberance of the First to the brooding of the Fourth, then Giulini fills out such facile summaries with the fullest possible sense of these works as human dramas, sun and shade from bar to bar, in which the middle two symphonies must rank among his greatest achievements on record.

Includes an appreciation of Giulini in Brahms by the writer Richard Osborne.

Newton Classics - 8802063

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James Levine conducts Brahms

James Levine conducts Brahms


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

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

Emanuel Ax (piano)

Juchhe! (No. 4 from Sechs Gesänge, Op. 6)

Kathleen Battle (soprano)

Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Lullaby)

Håkan Hagegård (baritone)

Das Mädchen spricht, Op. 107 No. 3

Kathleen Battle (soprano)

Heimweh, Op. 63 No. 8

Håkan Hagegård (baritone)

Meine Liebe ist grün, Op. 63 No. 5

Kathleen Battle (soprano)

Von ewiger Liebe, Op. 43 No. 1

Håkan Hagegård (baritone)

Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen Op. 96/2

Kathleen Battle (soprano)

Nachtwandler, Op. 86 No. 3

Håkan Hagegård (baritone)

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Kathleen Battle (soprano), Håkan Hagegård (baritone)

Chicago Symphony Chorus


RCA Classical Masters - 88697686042

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

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

Gordan Nikolitch (violin), Tim Hugh (cello)

Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16


Building a Library

First Choice - January 2005

LSO Live Haitink Complete Brahms Symphonies - LSO0070

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Brahms - Complete Symphonies

Brahms - Complete Symphonies


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Decca Collectors Edition - E4307992

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete), etc.

Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

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

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

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

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45


Helen Watts (mezzo-soprano), Agnes Giebel (soprano), Hermann Prey (baritone)

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Choeur de la Radio Suisse Romande, Choeur Pro Arte de Lausanne, Ernest Ansermet

“The veteran Swiss conductor was a fine Brahms conductor” Gramophone Magazine

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Brahms: 4 Symphonies & Overtures

Brahms: 4 Symphonies & Overtures


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

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

DVD

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

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

DVD

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

DVD

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)


3CD/DVD

“Thielemann and his crew made this driving version [of the 4th Symphony] cohere and even gave one of the most convincing, well-delineated, Andante moderato movements imaginable.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

Germany’s foremost conductor of German Romantic repertoire conducts his legendary Dresdner Staatskapelle in a complete cycle of Brahms symphonies

Recorded live through the 2012-13 season, this set presents the most coherent rendering of Thielemann’s powerful, dark, layered vision of Brahms.

A counter-weight to the lighter, ‘revisionist’ Chailly cycle on Decca, Thielemann’s version is rooted in the great German Romantic tradition – tragic and elegiac emotion with an epic sense of musical architecture.

Content of the DVD:

Thielemann and Pollini’s performance of the ECHO award winning recording of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1.

Piano Concerto No. 2.

Christian Thielemann’s and Lisa Batiashvilli’s performance of the Brahms’ Violin Concerto.

The symphonic set is completed with a pair of favourite Brahms overtures

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DG - 4792787

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall’s Southbank Centre, the Philharmonia orchestra are led by Christoph von Dohnányi in these captivating live recordings of Brahms’ Four Symphonies.

“The catalogue is full of Brahms symphony cycles but these Dohnányi readings are consistent and very rewarding and, as such, are competitive. This set is well worth considering, especially since the price is advantageous.” MusicWeb International, June 2012

Signum Philharmonia Orchestra - SIGCD255

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Annette Markert (contralto)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

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


Rundfunkchor Berlin & Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Kurt Sanderling

For a long time Johannes Brahms was considered the epitome of conservatism who, contrary to the disciples of Wagner and Liszt, fell back on old forms which allegedly had no power any more.

Indeed, Brahms was an expert on music of the past, going back to the polyphonic composers of the 16th century. He made use of old patterns such as the variation and the interrelated passacaglia.

Profil Medien - PH11019

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