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Essential Brahms


Release Date: 02/07/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 78131   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Stephen KovacevichNicholas AngelichCharles OwenNatalie Clein,   ... 
Conductor:  Wolfgang SawallischEugen JochumSir John BarbirolliKlaus Tennstedt,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String QuartetArtemis Quartett (String Quartet)
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg in 1833 and died in Vienna in 1897. He was one of the leading figures in classical music’s Romantic period and made outstanding contributions to all the major forms. His four symphonies, two piano concertos and one violin concerto – all represented here – are cornerstones of the orchestral concert repertoire, and his chamber music is also of special importance, including the Piano Quintet in F minor and Clarinet Quintet in B minor, extracts from both of which are heard here. Among his compositions for the voice, Ein deutsches Requiem and Alto Rhapsody are particularly famous, and the programme also includes his beautiful ‘Wiegenlied’ (Lullaby) and the most familiar of his spirited Hungarian Dances (No.5 Read more in G minor) arranged for violin and piano. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68: 3rd movement, Un poco allegretto by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15: 3rd movement, Rondo by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Length: 17 Minutes 4 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 4th movement, Allegretto grazioso by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6.
Ballades (4) for Piano, Op. 10: no 1 in D minor "Edward" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Nicholas Angelich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
German Requiem, Op. 45: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1868; Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99: 2nd movement, Adagio affetuoso by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano), Natalie Clein (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
9.
Romances and Songs (5), Op. 84: no 4, Vergebliches Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
10.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77: 3rd movement, Allegro giocoso by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 32 Secs. 
11.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 22 Secs. 
12.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90: 3rd movement, Poco allegretto by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
13.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 5 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano), Tasmin Little (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 2nd movement, Allegro appassionato by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
15.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles ()
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
16.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117: no 2 in B flat minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
17.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115: 3rd movement, Andantino by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
18.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100: 2nd movement, Andante tranquillo/Vivace by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin), Peter Frankl (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
19.
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker ()
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 50 Secs. 
20.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Moura Lympany (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
21.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34: 3rd movement, Scherzo by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis Quartett (String Quartet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1864; Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 
22.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98: 4th movement, Allegro energico by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Academic Festival Overture, Op.80
Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 (1996 Remastered Version): III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 (1996 Digital Remaster): III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op.15: III. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Theme: Andante 'Chorale St Antoni'
Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Variation I: Poco più animato
Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Variation II: Più vivace (b) (b): Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Variation II: Più vivace (b)
Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Variation III: Con moto
Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Variation IV: Andante con moto (b) (b): Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Variation IV: Andante con moto (b)
Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Variation V: Vivace (b) (b): Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Variation V: Vivace (b)
Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Variation VI: Vivace
Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Variation VII: Grazioso (b) (b): Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Variation VII: Grazioso (b)
Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Variation VIII: Presto non troppo
Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Finale: Andante (b) (b): Variations of a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a: Finale: Andante (b)
Symphony No. 2 in D, Op.73: III. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andantino) - Presto, ma non assai
Four Ballades, Op. 10: No. 1 - Andante (after the Scottish Ballad "Edward")
Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45 (1996 Remastered Version): IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (Mässig bewegt): Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45 (1996 Digital Remaster): IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (Mässig bewegt)
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Op. 99: II. Adagio affettuoso
Funf Lieder und Romanzen Op. 84 (1993 Remastered Version): Vergebliches Ständchen (Traditional): Funf Lieder und Romanzen Op. 84 (1993 Digital Remaster): Vergebliches Ständchen (Traditional)
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.77 (1996 Remastered Version): II. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace (Cadenza by Kreisler): Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.77 (1996 - Remaster): II. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace (Cadenza by Kreisler)
Tragic Overture Op. 81 (1996 Remastered Version): Tragic Overture Op. 81
Symphony No. 3 in F, Op.90 (2010 Remastered Version): III. Poco allegretto: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op.90 (2010 - Remaster): III. Poco allegretto
21 Hungarian Dances: G minor No. 5 (arr. Joseph Joachim)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat, Op.83: II. Allegro appassionata
5 Lieder Op. 49 (1988 Remastered Version): No. 4 Wiegenlied (Lullaby) (Scherer) (orch. Gamley): 5 Lieder Op. 49 (1988 Digital Remaster): No. 4 Wiegenlied (Lullaby) (Scherer) (orch. Gamley)
Drei Intermezzi, Op.117: No. 2 in B Flat Minor: Andante non troppo e con molta espressione
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115: III. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op.100: II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante - Vivace di più - Andante - Vivace
Rhapsody, Op.53 (1988 Remastered Version): Rhapsody, Op.53
Waltz in A flat major, Op. 39/15
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34: III. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98 (1973 Remastered Version) (1988 - Remaster): IV. Allegro energico e passionato: Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98 (1973 Digital Remaster) (1988 - Remaster): IV. Allegro energico e passionato

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