Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

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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 ****

Presto Disc of the Week

15th December 2014

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Channel - CCSSA33514

(SACD)

$16.00

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Brahms: The Symphonies & Orchestral Works

Brahms: The Symphonies & Orchestral Works


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Intermezzo in E major, Op. 116 No. 4

arr. Paul Klengel

Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

arr. Paul Klengel

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

Nagen am Herzen fühl ich Gift in mir, Op. 65, No. 9

Orchestral Version

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52: excerpts

Orchestral Version

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 - Andante

Original First Performance Version

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: 1. Alternative opening


The award winning album , now available on bluray audio.

Following the 2011 landmark Beethoven cycle, Riccardo Chailly returns with a recording of the complete Brahms symphonies and orchestral works including the overtures and Haydn Variations.

Rarities include world premiere recordings of two piano intermezzi orchestrated by Paul Klengel (brother of the Gewandhaus’ long-standing principal cellist Julius Klengel); the 9 Liebeslieder waltzes; the original first performance version of the Andante of Symphony No. 1 and the even rarer revised opening of the Fourth Symphony.

Chailly has radically rethought his approach to these works, re-examining the scores and returning to the recorded interpretations of a generation of conductors alive during Brahms’ lifetime, principally Felix Weingartner and one of his Gewandhaus predecessors Bruno Walter.

“dynamic and dramatic readings, faithful to Brahms's intentions. Powerfully conceived, they are rhythmically alert, without an ounce of undue sentiment and never for an instant losing sight of the scores' rock-solid architecture. The Gewandhaus players reward him with magnificent playing, alert and sumptuously rich in sound.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 *****

GGramophone Awards 2014

Record of the Year

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

Orchestral Finalist

Decca - 4787696

(Blu-ray Audio)

$27.75

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Organ Fireworks XII

Organ Fireworks XII


Brahms:

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

arranged by Edwin Lemare

Buxtehude:

Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C, BuxWV137

Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV148

Dupré:

Prelude & Fugue in G minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Eben:

Hommage à Buxtehude (1987)

Gade, N:

Tone Piece in F major from Tre Tonestykker, Op. 22

Karg-Elert:

Passacaglia & Fugue on B A C H, Op. 150

Rheinberger:

Fantasia on ‘Tonus Peregrinus’ from Sonata No 4 in A minor Op. 98

Vierne, L:

Pièces de fantaisie, 3rd suite, Op. 54: No. 6, Carillon de Westminster


Christopher Herrick (organ of Haderslev Cathedral, Denmark)

Christopher Herrick’s enduring Organ Fireworks series on Hyperion is one of the most comprehensive and popular collections of repertoire in existence. For this twelfth volume he turns to the great organ of Haderslev Cathedral in Denmark, and performs a fascinating range of works with his usual triumphal panache.

A number of these pieces have a Danish connection, including two spirited works by Buxtehude who probably grew up in Denmark, and Tre Tonestykker by Niels Wilhelm Gade, a native of Copenhagen who was admired by Mendelssohn.

The third of Dupré’s Trois Préludes et Fugues is among the best-known and most popular of his works, notwithstanding its fearful technical difficulties. The final page, in which the notes hurtle towards the magnificent final cadence, places this among the most memorable of all fugues for organ.

The Czech composer Petr Eben (1929–2007) is represented by his Hommage à Buxtehude.

“Herrick's playing is always lively and energetic, but with mixed results. Buxtehude's G minor Prelude and Fugue receives a beautifully poised and controlled account, and the works by Gade and Rheinberger have a warm, seamless flow.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2008

“The unfailingly superb Christopher Herrick … this instrument is just right for this music, and the sumptuous Hyperion sound captures it all with great clarity … these are fireworks good and proper, lit with unerring precision and vividly displayed … Herrick has come up with performances of the two great French show-pieces which are so perfectly suited to the instrument that these wonderful performances stand as yardsticks … you have, for my money at least, the most glitteringly splendiferous set of Fireworks so far” International Record Review

Hyperion Organ Music Organ Fireworks - CDA67612

(CD)

$16.00

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15, etc.

Brahms:

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

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

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

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


EMI Gemini - 4769392

(CD - 2 discs)

$11.50

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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

Naxos - 8557428

(CD)

$8.50

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Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D

Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D


Brahms:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80


Presto CD

DG - 4100822

(Presto CD)

$17.25

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Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80, etc.

Brahms:

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

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

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Strauss, R:

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite


Testament - SBT1122

(CD)

$16.00

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The World's Greatest Romantic Symphonies Vol. 1

The World's Greatest Romantic Symphonies Vol. 1


Bizet:

Symphony in C

Jacques Delacôte

L'Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2

Jacques Delacôte

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

James Judd

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

James Judd

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

James Judd

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

James Judd

Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Raymond Leppard

Les Eolides - Symphonic Poem

Raymond Leppard

Le Chasseur maudit

Raymond Leppard

Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Vernon Handley

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Yehudi Menuhin

Marche slave, Op. 31

Frank Shipway

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Frank Shipway

The Voyevoda, symphonic ballad Op. 78

Frank Shipway


Released or re-released in last 6 months

Royal Philharmonic Masterworks - RPM728003

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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


Released or re-released in last 6 months

Exton - EXCL00007

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Brahms: Serenades 1 & 2, Overtures & Haydn Variations

Brahms: Serenades 1 & 2, Overtures & Haydn Variations


Brahms:

Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

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


Dresdner Philharmonie, London Symphony Orchestra & Berliner Sinfonie‐Orchester, Heinz Bongartz, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos & Günter Herbig

This release brings together Brahms’ symphonic works, excepting his symphonies: the two Serenades, brimming with youthful energy and feeling, the magnificent Haydn variations and the two popular overtures, the Tragic and the “feel good” Academic Festival Overture.

Excellent performances from the Berlin Classics archives featuring the best East German orchestras: Dresden Philharmonie and The Berliner Sinfonie‐Orchester, Heinz Bongartz and Günter Herbig conducting.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Brilliant Classics - 95073BR

(CD - 2 discs)

$11.75

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