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Brahms: Symphonies, Concertos / Pollini, Batiashvili, Thielemann [3-CDs & 1 DVD]

Brahms / Thielemann / Staatskapelle / Pollini
Release Date: 09/16/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002133400   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maurizio PolliniLisa Batiashvili
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set contains 3 CDs of the symphonies and overtures + 1 DVD of the piano and violin concertos.

Germany’s foremost conductor of German Romantic repertoire conducts his legendary Dresdner Staatskapelle in a complete cycle of Brahms symphonies. Recorded live during the 2012-13 season, this set presents the most coherent rendering of Thielemann’s powerful, dark, layered vision of Brahms, a counterweight to the lighter, "revisionist" Chailly cycle on Decca, Thielemann’s version is rooted in the great German Romantic tradition – tragic and elegiac emotion with an epic sense of musical architecture. The 3-CD symphonic set includes a pair of favorite Brahms overtures.

“Thielemann and his crew made this
Read more driving version [of the 4th Symphony] cohere and even gave one of the most convincing, well-delineated Andante moderato movements imaginable.” – Chicago Sun-Times

"Recorded live during the 2012/13 season, the piano concertos feature superb performances by Maurizio Pollini, and the violin concerto is played with warmth and vigour by Lisa Batiashvili. Thielemann's vision is truly Germanic - tragic, epic, powerful, and dark." – ClassicFM

Contentd of the DVD:
Thielemann and Maurizio Pollini’s performance of the ECHO award-winning recording of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as well as the Piano Concerto No. 2, and Thielemann and Lisa Batiashvilli’s performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
2.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
3.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
4.
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
5.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
6.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
9.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili (Violin)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Thielemann Conquers All October 10, 2014 By Rick B. (Enfield, CT) See All My Reviews "Christian Thielemann has come of age for classical music. Brahms and Beethoven have come to be heard in a new ambienace, culture and meaning never heard before. Thielemann treats each and every player with distinction. You have 75 players and you can hear almost each one doing their parts. You can hear it and with dvd's you can see it. I have heard 50 or more Brahms and Beethoven conductors and orchestras for over 60 years on vinyl, tape, cd's and sac cds. The product does not make the sound, only the interpretation makes a significant change. You can hear it with Thielemann, it is almost like a trademark. Why he has never done New Years in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic is perhaps he is too creative. I can remember when Von Karajan come to the Berlin with such a new interpretation of Beethoven. He was replacing Furtwangler who was so much better. This was over 50 years ago and when I heard the over priced vinyl of Karajan's Beethoven, I thought so what!" Report Abuse
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