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Brahms: Symphonies 1-4, Etc / Eschenbach, Houston Symphony


Release Date: 01/28/2010 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 61360   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dunja Vejzovic
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony OrchestraHouston Symphony Male Chorus
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Christoph Eschenbach's Virgin set (also on four discs) adds the Tragic and Academic Festival Overtures, Haydn Variations and Alto Rhapsody - that's virtually a whole disc's worth of extra music. Furthermore, Eschenbach includes all three first-movement repeats and his broad, infinitely flexible interpretations beg constant replays - even in cases where he indulges the moment almost to excess.

-- Gramophone [9/1997, comparing this set to other complete Brahms symphony sets]
...Christoph Eschenbach's Virgin set (also on four discs) adds the Tragic and Academic Festival Overtures, Haydn Variations and Alto Rhapsody - that's virtually a whole disc's worth of extra music. Furthermore, Eschenbach includes all three first-movement repeats and his broad, infinitely flexible interpretations beg constant replays - even in cases where he indulges the moment almost to excess.

-- Gramophone [9/1997, comparing this set to other complete Brahms symphony sets]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
3.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
4.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
5.
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
6.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
7.
Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
8.
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dunja Vejzovic (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra,  Houston Symphony Male Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 

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