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Brahms For Relaxation


Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 63710   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Pinchas ZukermanEmanuel AxGerhard OppitzYo-Yo Ma,   ... 
Conductor:  Zubin MehtaChristoph EschenbachSir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraBoston Symphony Chamber Players,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BRAMS FOR RELAXATION is a delicious CD, which includes excerpts from some of the more popular Brahms tunes, among them the Violin Concerto, the Cello Sonata No. 2, Piano Quartet No. 3, String Quartet No. 1, etc. Aptly named, listening to this album is truly a relaxing experience. In fact, by the end of the disc, I found myself having trouble staying awake; the inclusion of the Lullaby didn't help matters much.
But what distinguishes this album from most other budget classical samplers is the quality of the performances, which are stellar. Pinchas Zukerman coaxes deep tones and lilting nuance out of his Guarnerius in the Violin Concerto in a memorable performance with Zubin Mehta conducting Los Angeles. The Guarneri Quartet plays a truly
Read more lovely Romanze: Poco adagio from the 1st string quartet. John Dalley and Michael Tree are particularly worthy of praise in this difficult movement owing to their delineation of middle voices in order to help musical momentum. Arnold Steinhardt's sound is bittersweet and brooding, David Soyer's intonation infallible.
A varied and excellent disc, this is a great addition to any home library. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 8 in B flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99: 2nd movement, Adagio affetuoso by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Michael Collins (Clarinet), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119: no 1, Intermezzo in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double": 2nd movement, Andante by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello), Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 2 in E major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60: 3rd movement, Andante by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1875; Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 2 Secs. 
9.
Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony": Variation 7, Grazioso by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51 no 1: 2nd movement, Romanze by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
11.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90: 3rd movement, Poco allegretto by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
12.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120 no 1: 2nd movement, Andante un poco adagio by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Richard Goode (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
13.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Martin Katz (Piano), Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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