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Brahms: Symphony No 1, Haydn Variations, Alto Rhapsody / Heynis, Van Beinum


Release Date: 12/09/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 420854  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Aafje Heynis
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Eduard van Beinum was a natural Brahmsian and the Concertgebouw players have this music in their very being. The naturally shaped string line at the introduction of the symphony shows this readily and there is tonal weight without heaviness, although the timpani stokes are somewhat submerged by the analogue balance which seeks and finds a convincing overall sound picture. The performance as a whole moves onward like a fiowing river, and this metaphor applies especially to the warmly lyrical central movements. There are moments when the current runs faster, as at the very end of the work, and there is an impulsive feeling in the pizzicato passage which leads to the great horn call in the finale, but basically this is a mellow reading not Read more lacking overall grip, but not strong on dynamism, either. It is a satisfying view for those who like their Brahms relaxed and expansive, but apart from the remarkable way a 30-year-old recording sounds incredibly fresh, losing only some of the body of timbre in the massed violins, this is not really distinctive.

The Variations are mellow too, and beautifully played (as in the symphony the wind solos are most sensitively coloured). However, what does give this CD a certain claim on the collector is Aafje Heynis's movingly eloquent account of the Alto Rhapsody, the voice fresh, not too darkly timbred in its richness. This is lovely, spontaneous singing. When the chorus enter the radiant solo line is further enhanced, integrated yet free. A truly moving performance unerringly paced.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [10/1988]
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1958 
2. Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Date of Recording: 9/1958 
3. Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Aafje Heynis (Alto)
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2/1958 

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