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
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
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Martin Katz (Piano),
Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Written: 1868; Austria
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs.
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