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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
The two middle symphonies by Johannes Brahms form a highly contrasting pair of works, which define the radius of Brahms’s musical language, equally marked by both poesy and the highest level of constructive stringency. The beauty of Brahmsian symphonic creativity comes to full fruition in these live recordings from the Musikverein in Vienna and the Herkulessaal in Munich under the direction of Mariss Jansons. The qualities of one of the world’s best orchestras are captured in the highest fidelity by the audiophile SACD process.
The first Brahms releases with Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Audiophile live recordings on SACD from the Vienna Konzertverein and the Munich Herkulessaal.
“This is a fine example of what you might call 'modern-traditional' Brahms. The orchestral sound is rich and deep-layered, the tempos, if nt quite leisurely, still allow plenty of time to luxuriate in Brahms's long melodies...Not only has Jansons a firm sense of how Brahms's long phrases rise and fall, both minutely and as grand spans, he has a keen ear for Brahmsian polyphony.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 ****
“[Jansons] sceptics should turn to this new version to hear how close an affinity he has with this difficult piece. What may appear to be refined restraint in the articulation of the first movement's F-A-F pays off in a superbly calibrated account of the finale...[which] has a huge rustic energy...These are big performances in every sense of the word.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2011
“there is...a genuine feeling of where the music is going, and why. For a live account, this is impressive; it may not be the greatet Brahms Third ever put on a record but it remains a fine one throughout, and the recording quality is first-rate.” International Record Review, July 2011
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Herbert von Karajan conducts Brahms & Dvorak
“Karajan's superb reading of the Dvorak is the winner here with every detail of this volatile score superbly realised.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 ***
“two of Karajan's most natural and elemental recordings...Karajan was more inclined to let the Vienna Philharmonic play - allowing it more freedom while still keeping a firm hand on the performance - than he was his own Berlin orchestra. The results have the kind of spontaneity and freshness that is sometimes missing from his Berin performances” International Record Review, May 2011
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Bracha Eden & Alexander Tamir (pianos)
A unique release of Brahms Music arranged and originally written by the composer for piano duet, played by the world famous Israel duo, Eden & Tamir.
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Lorin Maazel conducts Brahms, Ravel & Debussy
These performances were recorded in the fifties; the Brahms in Milan in 1956, the Debussy in Rome in 1958 and the Ravel, performed by the Orchestre National de France in 1958.
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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 29
The evenings of October 22 and 23, 1992 in the Dresden Semperoper brought not only performances for the Dresden audience but were at the same time the start of an extensive tour from October 25 to November 12, during which the Staatskapelle under Sir Colin Davis performed twelve concerts in Japan.
The Staatskapelle seems once more to have tapped the pulse of the Japanese audience with their interpretations and so affirmed their reputation.
“These recordings date from 1992, the aftermath of German reunification and a time in which emotions in Dresden were running high...Certainly Colin Davis, who was then building a strong bond with the orchestra, has drawn from it performances that are exceptionally intense in nature...These are fine, thoughtful performances of timeless masterpieces that seemed to find in those years at Dresden a particular time and a particular place.” International Record Review, May 2011
“Davis occasionally bends the line for rhetorical effect...demonstrably smitten by the sheer lustre of Brahms's writing...As to Davis's Schubert Unfinished, breadth and depth of feeling prevail, the transition from repeated exposition to development section in the first movement as darkly mysterious as on any other version” Gramophone Magazine, July 2011
“The Schubert is beautiful: warm intensity of tone, long phrases that feel elegant and acutely sensitive, at the the same time, pathos, grandeur, romantic atmosphere, and underneath all that a feeling of steady, unpressured momentum carrying the music to its conclusion.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 **/***
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Sir John Barbirolli conducts Schubert, Mendelssohn & Brahms
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
Recorded 21 & 22 May 1952 Free Trade Hall, Manchester. First CD Release
Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102
Recorded 17 & 18 September 1959 Free Trade Hall, Manchester
André Navarra (cello) & Alfredo Campoli (violin)
Scherzo from Octet, Op. 20
Recorded 31 May 1949 No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London. First CD Release
Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'
Recorded 21 & 22 December 1953 Free Trade Hall, Manchester
Die Zauberharfe (The Magic Harp), D 644 - Overture
Recorded 28 April 1948 Houldsworth Hall, Manchester & 31 May 1949 No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London. First CD Release
Barbirolli had a particular affinity for the music of Brahms and Schubert and he conducted their works to critical acclaim. As a young cellist, he gained knowledge and practical experience of their instrumental and chamber works, and as an orchestral musician he became familiar with their orchestral works, whilst still in his teenage years. He included Brahms’s E Minor Cello Sonata op. 38 at an Aeolian Hall recital in November 1917 and played in a trio arrangement of Schubert’s Serenade during his army service. Barbirolli included the Fourth Symphony by Brahms in his first four concerts with the New York Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall in November 1936.
During his seven years with the orchestra, he conducted all the major works of Brahms as well as Schubert’s Second and Fourth Symphonies and Five German Dances. In July 1940, at his debut at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, he conducted Brahms’s Fourth Symphony before an audience of 12,000 and, shortly afterwards, conducted in Chicago at the Ravinia Park Festival where his concerts included Schubert’s Fourth and Ninth Symphonies and Brahms’s Fourth Symphony. Audiences throughout Britain and abroad heard Barbirolli conduct magnificent performances of the works of Brahms and Schubert.
He conducted all the Brahms symphonies in the 1945-46 season in Manchester. Schubert’s Second, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Symphonies all found their way into his Viennese Night programmes. Barbirolli also conducted several performances of the Brahms Alto Rhapsody (two with Kathleen Ferrier, who also sang the Four Serious Songs) and, in 1955, two performances of the German Requiem. In the late 1960’s, he recorded a Brahms cycle for EMI with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In his last decade, when he conducted many of the world’s great orchestras, Barbirolli’s outstanding performances of Brahms and Schubert thrilled audiences throughout the world, nowhere more so than in Berlin and Boston where his interpretations (of Brahms’s Second Symphony, in particular) also greatly impressed the orchestral players. This set brings together Barbirolli's HMV recordings of Schubert's Symphony No.9 (1953), the Rosamunde Overture (1948/49), the Symphony No.3 by Brahms (1952) and Mendelssohn's Scherzo (1949). Also included is the famous Pye recording of the Brahms Double Concerto (1959) with André Navarra and Alfredo Campoli as soloists.
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