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Brahms: Serenades No 1 & 2 / Charles Mackerras, Scottish Co


Release Date: 11/23/1999 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80522   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Charles Mackerras' marvelous recordings of Brahms' four symphonies with these same forces for Telarc find a logical successor in this delightful release of the two early serenades. These are special works in Brahms' output: carefree, breezy, and charming. The unusual freshness and clarity of their orchestration (the Second Serenade scored without violins) shows that the density of his symphonic sound clearly was a matter of intention rather than accident, or worse, lack of skill. Hearing these loosely constructed, generously tuneful pieces, we can only wonder at the effort Brahms must have made to curb his purely lyrical impulses and discipline his musical thought in such a way as to demonstrate his
Read more worthiness as symphonic heir to Beethoven. Mackerras and his players clearly delight in the catchy tunes and colorful scoring, and he leads performances that, while clearly "Romantic" in their freedom of tempo, are scaled to emphasize the music's classical antecedents. Toss in Telarc's outstanding sonics, and the result is simply irresistible.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Serenade no 1 in D major, Op. 11 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Glasgow City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 48 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2. Serenade no 2 in A major, Op. 16 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Glasgow City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 31 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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