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Brahms: The Symphonies / Chailly, Gewandhausorchester

Chailly / Leipzig
Release Date: 08/19/2014 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002121502   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For most listeners' purposes, Riccardo Chailly's set of Johannes Brahms' four symphonies will seem standard-issue, with respectable and uncontroversial interpretations from an esteemed conductor, and rich and resonant performances by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Even in the choice of filler pieces, the set includes the three orchestral works that are usually packaged with the symphonies: the Tragic Overture, the Haydn Variations, and the Academic Festival Overture. However, this set offers welcome suprises and extra value for the purchase. Two orchestral arrangements of the Interludes, Opp. 116 and 117 for piano, are included, along with instrumental versions of a handful of Liebeslieder Waltzes and three of the orchestrated Hungarian Read more Dances, which may be incentives to listeners who are looking for a little more. Also included are Brahms' original version of the Andante of the First Symphony and the alternate opening of the Fourth. But no one should invest in a set solely on the basis of these extras, however unusual they may be. Since first recording the cycle with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, where he offered a rather heavy-handed modern take on the symphonies, Chailly has gone back to an older, more historically informed style of playing Brahms that was familiar to conductors of the early 20th century. The music is lighter and more transparent, so in some ways, his recordings are sometimes reminiscent of classic performances by Bruno Walter, George Szell, and other revered conductors. For traditionalists, this is a fine set to own, especially if a fresh digital recording is needed.

- Blair Sanderson, AllMusic Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
2.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
3.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
4.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
5.
Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
6.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
7.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 3 in F major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
8.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 10 in F major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
9.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
10.
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
11.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68: 2nd movement, Andante by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
12.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98: Excerpt(s) by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
13.
Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65: no 9, Nagen am Herzen by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Austria 
14.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 9, Am Donaustrande by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
15.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 8, Wenn so lind by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
16.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 6, Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
17.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 5, Die grüne Hopfenranke by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
18.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 4, Wie des Abends schöne Röte by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
19.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 2, Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
20.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 11, Nein, es ist nicht by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
21.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 1, Rede Mädchen, allzu liebes by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
22.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117: no 1 in E flat major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
23.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: no 4, Intermezzo in E major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 

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