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Ultimate Brahms [5-CD Set]


Release Date: 08/25/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001313402   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Claudio ArrauJános StarkerHenryk Szeryng
Conductor:  Wolfgang SawallischBernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony OrchestraConcertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 6 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of the original recordings which make up this set.

Double Concerto:


"Bernard Haitink conducts Brahms' Double Concerto in a broad, big-boned manner, slightly slower than his later remake for EMI, but no less vital. He is keenly attuned to the dizzy euphoria and searing passion of this work, a surprisingly virile product of Brahms' last years. Cellist Janos Starker has the measure of his massive part, and...projects mastery and imagination throughout. Henryk Szeryng's solo violin emits a lean, taut tone, but he manages to produce some wonderfully delicate sounds during passages of repose, especially in the slow movement. The Concertgebouw Orchestra produces a full, lush Brahmsian
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Piano Concerto no 1:
"Arrau's performance, faithfully directed by Haitink and recorded with a complete absence of any kind of sonic glamour, highlights the music's tragic, anxious mood. The work emerges here, in Brahmsian phrase, as 'a heavy undertaking', full of travail and stress but with its own vision, its own massive architectural cogency and a complete absence of the kind of ugliness and rant which with so many pianists is a substitute for the kind of strength and insight which Arrau disturbingly and productively brings to this great work." -- Gramophone

Piano Concerto no 2:
"Our perception of the many-sidedness and simple reach of this glorious work would be incomplete without Arrau's serene and majestic 1969 Concertgebouw version. Well recorded and ably accompanied, Arrau remains the lofty arbiter of several views, the most effortlessly far-seeing of all exponents of this greatest of all nineteenth-century piano concertos." -- Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
2.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
3.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
4.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
6.
Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
8.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
9.
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
10.
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  János Starker (Cello), Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 
11.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 

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