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.

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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Brahms from Hamburg

Brahms from Hamburg


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

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

Hungarian Dances (excerpts)

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

NDR Symphony Chorus


What could be more authentic than recording Johannes Brahms‘ symphonies and other famous orchestral works with a Hamburg orchestra in the composer‘s home town of Hamburg?

Fab Four - 233023

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Brahms: 4 Symphonies

Brahms: 4 Symphonies


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Annette Markert (contralto)

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


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Bruno Walter - Live Recordings

Bruno Walter - Live Recordings


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

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

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

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

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Schicksalslied, Op. 54


Myra Hess (piano), Erica Morini (violin), John Corigliano (violin) & Leonard Rose (cello)

Los Angeles PO, New York PO, RAI Milan Symphony Orchestra & NBC Symphony Orchestra

Recording made between 1940 and 1953, in New York, Los Angeles and Milan.

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Brahms: Complete Symphonies

Brahms: Complete Symphonies

and other orchestral works


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Hungarian Dance No. 17 in F sharp minor

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F major

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


Naxos Classical Archives - 980037-40

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Brahms - Complete Symphonies

Brahms - Complete Symphonies


Brahms:

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

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

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Resonance - CDRSB405

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