Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

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Brahms Beloved

Brahms Beloved


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Schumann, Clara:

Am Strande

Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen

Der Abendstern

Die stille Lotosblume

Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen, Op. 12 No. 2 (Text: Friedrich Rückert)

Liebst du um Schönheit, Op. 12 No. 4 (text: Friedrich Rückert)

Liebeszauber, Op. 13 No. 3

Der Mond kommt still gegangen

An einem lichten Morgen

O Lust, o Lust, Op. 23 No. 6 (Text: Hermann Rollett)


In an intriguing new concept for Telarc Classics, American conductor John Axelrod explores the music that surrounded the relationship between Johannes Brahms and the woman he loved, Clara Schumann. For this, the first release in the series, the Second and Fourth Symphonies are coupled with lieder by Clara sung by Nicole Cabell and Indra Thomas while Axelrod accompanies on the piano. The symphonies feature Axelrod conducting the Grammy Award-winning Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.

Conductor John Axelrod believes that each of Brahms’ four symphonies inhabits a completely different, though connected, character. He has also come to the conclusion that the songs of Clara Schumann likewise fall clearly into four similar moods, and that they strongly reflect Clara’s own personality. That being the case, according to Axelrod it is possible to see the four Brahms symphonies as portraits of Clara and the same four different aspects of her character.

John Axelrod is Principal Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, as well as Music Director of the Orchestre National des Pays et des Loire. A former pupil of Leonard Bernstein, he is one of today’s most in-demand conductors. Recent recordings have included a much-praised disc of music by Berlioz and Ravel with Veronique Gens and the ONPL for Ondine Classics, the album American Serenade also with the ONPL and violinist Rachel Kolly d’Alba for Warner Classics, and Gorecki’s Third Symphony with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra for Sony Classical.

“Symphony No. 2 exudes particular passion and vigour, with lively tempi that occasionally tax the ensemble cohesion...[No. 4] is less elegiac than usual, with a song-like lyricism, often at the expense of Brahms's counterpoint, though with extra awareness of how harmonies are voiced.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

“The Fourth, with its “dark questing intensity” and orchestral playing that is more heavyweight than heavenly, is paired with songs performed by Indra Thomas.” The Independent, 11th October 2013

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Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


Deutsche Radio Philharmonic Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Oehms is delighted to release this last recording of Skrowaczewski in time for his 90th birthday in October.

“Skrowaczewski and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie are perfectly dependable in this sturdy Symphony No. 4, with a dynamic Scherzo.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ***

“Plenty to get excited about here, first and foremost the sheer energy of Skrowaczewski's performance, or most of it...Where others make Brahms sound portly, Skrowaczewski works the fat back into the gleaming muscle...this is a marvellous performance, the crowning glory of Skrowaczewski's Brahms cycle, very well played and recorded.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


Oehms Classics is delighted to be following on from Simone Young’s critically acclaimed recording of Brahms’s Second Symphony with the Third and Fourth Symphonies, completing the cycle.

Simone Young’s collaboration with Oehms will continue with forthcoming Bruckner releases.

“these Hamburg performances can, I think, hold their heads up high in a competitive field. No one investing in this disc will be disappointed; it makes for rewarding listening and the performances make one think again about these great symphonies.” MusicWeb International, 22nd October 2013

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L'Art de Joseph Keilberth

L'Art de Joseph Keilberth


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


Sudfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Joseph Keilberth

Recorded in Stuttgart on 15th March 1962

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98


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Manfred Honeck conducts Brahms & Charles Dutoit conducts Tchaikovsky

Manfred Honeck conducts Brahms & Charles Dutoit conducts Tchaikovsky

Verbier Festival 2012


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Manfred Honeck

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Charles Dutoit


Directed by Corentin Leconte and Isabelle Soulard

The Verbier Festival is one of the most prestigious classical music events in the world. The quality of the participating artists and the originality of the programs have established the festival as a culmination of the Classical Music season.

In 2013 the Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary.

This DVD presents highlights from the Verbier Festival 2012 with the outstanding conductors Charles Dutoit and Manfred Honeck.

Charles Dutoit, the Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra since 2009, has won more than 40 international awards including two Grammy Awards, the Grand Prix du Président de la République and the German Music Critics Award.

Picture format DVD: 16:9

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Runnning time: 88 mins

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Brahms: Orchestral Works

Brahms: Orchestral Works


Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Wiener Philharmoniker, István Kertész

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

Wiener Philharmoniker, István Kertész

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

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

(version for orchestra)

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer


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Gunter Wand conducts Schumann and Brahms

Gunter Wand conducts Schumann and Brahms


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120


This release is the third in the successful series on Günter Wand.

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Sir Adrian Boult conducts Brahms & Mendelssohn

Sir Adrian Boult conducts Brahms & Mendelssohn


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Royal Albert Hall, London, 8 August 1975

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 July 1972

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Just prior to the Second World War, Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983) single-handedly built the BBC Symphony Orchestra into a world-renowned ensemble that attracted such artists as Arturo Toscanini, Serge Koussevitzky and Bruno Walter to conduct it. After retiring from the BBCSO in 1950, Boult became chief conductor of the London Philharmonic until 1957. He continued to guest conduct and record prolifically until 1978 and enjoyed an ‘Indian summer’ in the studio with both English music (Vaughan Williams and Elgar) and nineteenth-century German repertoire (Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert and Wagner). His early studies at the Leipzig Conservatory with Max Reger and with the charismatic conductor Arthur Nikisch, who knew Brahms, gave Boult a unique understanding of this composer.

Boult’s period in Leipzig also brought him in touch with the music of Mendelssohn, who had founded the Conservatory as well as being appointed as conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

The live 1975 Proms performance of Brahms’s Symphony No.4 has never been issued before. The live account is more electrifying than the studio recording made in 1972. It has been recorded in stereo and fully captures the ‘Indian summer’ that Boult enjoyed at the Proms and in the studio with EMI at the time.

The Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 was recorded live in stereo and has never been issued before. It is a comparative rarity in that Boult’s only other recorded performances were in 1966 (unissued on CD) and in 1954 in mono.

“Vintage Boult performances recorded at the Proms. The Brahms has tremendous forward momentum, while the Mendelssohn exudes virtuosity.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****

“the present version is splendid. The Brahms Symphony was composed only a few years before Boult was born. What we hear shows a lifetime’s experience and love of this composer. The second movement has such dignity, never cloying and conveying the melancholy of the ageing composer” MusicWeb International, 29th November 2013

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Brahms: Symphony No. 4 & Variations on a Theme by Paganini

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 & Variations on a Theme by Paganini


Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

(arr. I Biret for piano)

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35

Capriccio in F sharp minor, Op. 76 No. 1

Capriccio in C sharp minor, Op. 76 No. 5


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