Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

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Pierre Monteux conducts Brahms

Pierre Monteux conducts Brahms


Brahms:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80


The name of Pierre Monteux evokes recollections of the man who conducted the Ballets Russes for Serge Diaghilev, and the notorious scandal surrounding the first performance of Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps in Paris in 1913, as well as for scrupulous attention to style that he brought to bear on French masterpieces of the turn of the twentieth century, from Chausson via Debussy and Ravel to Milhaud. But he resented being pigeon-holed and his recordings of central nineteenth-century Romantic repertoire could be just as compelling. He also knew Brahms personally, having played the viola in the Geloso Quartet in a performance of one of the Brahms quartets with the composer present and lived long enough to see the revival of interest in Brahms’s music outside Germany. His Brahms performances – originally recorded for the Philips label – are full of light and grace. It also features Barry Tuckwell in the Second Symphony’s memorable horn solos. The original LP coupling did not include the Tragic Overture, which was first issued in 1994.

“In the last of Monteux’s four recordings of the Brahms Second Symphony, subtleties of nuance and timing, and modifications of pacing, reflect a lifetime’s love and experience of the work, and a man who is still keen to explore its textural and structural possibilities. Typically it is light-toned and gentle in cast, almost symphonic chamber music” Gramophone Magazine, December 1994

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Australian Eloquence - ELQ4808911

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Brahms: The Four Symphonies

Brahms: The Four Symphonies


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

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


The music of Brahms held an important place in Sir John Barbirolli’s repertoire and these recordings of the symphonies, made with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1966 and 1967, stand as one of the peaks of his discography. Barbirolli’s relationship with this music is rooted in his time as an orchestral cellist, and these performances are notable for their rich, ripe sonorities and expansive warmth.

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Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Brahms: Symphony No. 2


Brahms:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Tragic Overture, Op. 81


Ivan Fischer’s follow up to his rapturously received recording of Brahms’ Symphony No.1 in 2009 – “monumental in every sense of the word...Outstanding.” as Andrew Clements in The Guardian put it.

“Is this one Brahms’ most nature-related symphony? Considering the complicated organisms being developed from the simplest cells, yes it is. Brahms certainly has the divine, creative talent to show us how this process can work in music” says Iván Fischer, who tops off Brahms ‘Sunny’ second symphony with the Tragic overture - solemn, somber, inevitable fate, - and the Academic overture - sparkling, humurous, extensive instrumentation.

“A remarkable, transparent purity can be heard in Brahms’ second symphony. Giving the first motif to the (natural) horns is a logical choice. Horns can ideally explore the purest of all musical ideas: the journey through the overtones.” Fischer, liner notes

Iván Fischer is founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. This partnership has become one of the greatest success stories in the past 25 years of classical music. Intense international touring and a series of acclaimed recordings for Philips Classics, later for Channel Classics have contributed to Iván Fischer’s reputation as one of the world’s most visionary and successful orchestra leaders.

“indeed Fischer and his players seem content to let the untroubled optimism of the symphony shine through...The six-minute scherzo, often likened with some justification to Schubert, is a particular delight...Fischer’s brass are, once again, on top-notch form here – neither too timid nor too ostentatiously forceful.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 15th December 2014

“Who needs another Brahms Second Symphony? Well, after Iván Fischer’s exhilarating Brahms No 1, we can all benefit from the intense freshness and lyricism that his Budapest forces bring to this music, along with their roots in eastern Europe...Fischer is superb at clarifying the textures.” The Observer, 25th January 2015 ****

“it is even more integrated in thematic structure than the First, and it is that balance between detailed focus and spontaneity that Ivan Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra strike so convincingly here. Fischer's moderate speeds ensure that his subtle tempo modifications always sound natural.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ****

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Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11, etc.

Brahms:

Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 Nos. 1-21 (complete)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16


“The two Serenades are perhaps often overlooked pieces in Brahms's output, but this recording conducted by Claudio Abbado makes you wonder why! The Berlin Philharmonic play with real warmth. These works are complemented by performances of the Academic Festival and Tragic Overtures (also with the Berlin players), and a highly characterful set of Hungarian Dances, this time with the Vienna Philharmonic.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, November 2014

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

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Tragic Overture, Op. 81


“This is a late-summer idyll of a performance, easily paced, nicely judged and warmly played. For first-time buyers it will provide unalloyed pleasure”. Gramophone on 8.557429: “Nonetheless, these are humane, affectionate performances from which browsers and bargain-minded first-time buyers should derive a good deal of pleasure”. Gramophone

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Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, etc.

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80


Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Aafje Heynis (contralto)

Academic Festival Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Male Choir 'Apollo', Eduard van Beinum

Considered by many to be Grumiaux's best recording of the Brahms Violin Concerto, this performance, by turn tender and muscular, receives its first international release on CD. The Concertgebouw is in glorious form under Van Beinum and Aafje Heynis is an amber-toned soloist in the inspiring Alto Rhapsody.

“Aafje Heynis's movingly eloquent account of the Alto Rhapsody ... the voice fresh, not too darkly timbred in its richness. This is lovely, spontaneous singing. When the chorus enter the radiant solo line is further enhanced, integrated yet free. A truly moving performance unerringly paced."” Gramophone Magazine

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Brahms: Symphony No. 2 & Academic Festival Overture

Brahms: Symphony No. 2 & Academic Festival Overture


Brahms:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80


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Philips - 4223342

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Brahms: Symphonies & Concertos

Brahms: Symphonies & Concertos


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

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

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

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

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

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

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Gidon Kremer (violin)

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

Gidon Kremer (violin), Mischa Maisky (cello)


DG - 4795956

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Brahms: Double Concerto

Brahms: Double Concerto


Brahms:

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

Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Lynn Harrell (cello)

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80


Sony - G010003484588I

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Reger: Hiller-Variations

Reger: Hiller-Variations


Berlioz:

Benvenuto Cellini Overture

Brahms:

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Reger:

Variations and Fugue on a theme of Johann Adam Hiller Op. 100

Rossini:

Guillaume Tell Overture


DG - 4796015

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