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

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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'

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Christa Ludwig, Wiener Singverein

Tragic Overture, Op. 81


DG Collectors Edition - E4714432

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

Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

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


Philips Trio - 4709422

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Recorded 1978

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Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, etc.

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Ondine - ODE9902T

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra, Erich Bergel

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Celibidache conducts Brahms

Celibidache conducts Brahms


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

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

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Marga Höffgen (alto)


Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano e di Torino della RAI, Sergiu Celibidache

Recorded 1959/1960

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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.

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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

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