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Brahms: Serenade No 2, Haydn Variationen / Slatkin, St Louis


Release Date: 07/23/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 7920   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"I very much enjoyed Slatkin's performance of the Second Serenade. He approaches the work in a very relaxed, straightforward fashion, but there's nothing dull or routine about the playing of the St Louis orchestra, which is very alert, and first class in every respect. The first movement is taken at quite an easy-going tempo, and the music is very much allowed to speak for itself, but Slatkin takes great care to state all the accents very clearly, especially in the string pizzicato accompaniments, so that the general effect is very fresh and buoyant. The somewhat complex rhythms at the beginning of the Scherzo are also very clearly articulated, and despite a fairly relaxed tempo the movement has a great deal of vitality. The Adagio is Read more very well held together, and nowhere does it lapse into a plod, as it can so easily do, even though the tempo is quite slow...
Slatkin is again very effective in the Serenade's last two movements, and I think his performance is marginally the best now available, if only for his slight superiority over Bertini in the Adagio. RCA's recording is pleasantly mellow..."

-- Gramophone [8/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1. Serenade no 2 in A major, Op. 16 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Germany 
2. Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
3. Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Serenade no 2: I. Allegro moderato
Variations on a theme by Haydn "St. Anthony": Variation VI: Vivace
Academic Festival Overture

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