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Brahms: Symphony No 3, Hungarian Dances / Karajan


Release Date: 01/23/2001 
Label:  Dg Panorama Catalog #: 469124   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anne-Sophie MutterPinchas ZukermanDaniel BarenboimWilhelm Kempff,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanKarl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 40 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This very generous Brahms collection has more complete works and less excerpts than some of the other titles in Deutsche Grammophon's Panorama series. The program begins with Herbert von Karajan's tonally resplendent performance of the Third Symphony from 1989. Karajan always had been rather stingy with this work, leaving out the first movement's exposition repeat and tending toward swift tempos in the inner movements; but here he relaxes slightly, and what was rushed now sounds flowing. There's much attention to inner detail, exemplified by the woodwinds' surprisingly high profile. The finale could still do with a little more zip, but as with Karajan's last recording of the Brahms Second, the sheer beauty of the orchestral sound wins you Read more over.


Beauty of sound characterizes Anne-Sophie Mutter's tone in the following Violin Concerto. Recorded in 1982, Mutter's first crack at this masterpiece finds her giving a taut and bracing account, playing with dead-on intonation and steely virtuosity yet all the while coaxing lovely sounds from her instrument. DG's remastering tames the harsh edge that marred the recording's original CD transfer. Disc 1 ends with Karajan's fleet and stylish readings of two Hungarian Dances.


On Disc 2 Pinchas Zukerman and Daniel Barenboim's sweet, almost cloying rendering of Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 1 sparks pleasant memories of their fine two-LP set from the 1970s, while Wilhelm Kempff's renderings of the Op. 117 and 118 piano works display his authority and gracefulness in this music. Finally, we return to the orchestral medium with Christa Ludwig's solemnly impassioned singing of the Alto Rhapsody, warmly supported by the Vienna Singverein and the Vienna Philharmonic under Karl Böhm's shepherd-like direction. The sound is full and warm for the Sonata and Rhapsody, thinner and a bit bass-shy for the piano works. A fine collection for those new to Brahms, and for those in search of alternatives to their current collection.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Length: 33 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD Recording. 
2. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Length: 40 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD Recording. 
3. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 5 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman (Violin), Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Length: 21 Minutes 28 Secs. 
7. Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 7 Secs. 
8. Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Length: 14 Minutes 1 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90: 1. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo I
Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90: 2. Andante
Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90: 3. Poco allegretto
Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90: 4. Allegro
Violin Concerto In D, Op.77: 1. Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto In D, Op.77: 2. Adagio
Violin Concerto In D, Op.77: 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco più presto
Hungarian Dance No.1 In G Minor WoO 1 - Orchestrated By Brahms: Allegro molto
Hungarian Dance No.5 in G minor: Allegro - Vivace
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.1 In G, Op.78: 1. Vivace ma non troppo
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.1 In G, Op.78: 2. Adagio
Sonata For Violin And Piano No.1 In G, Op.78: 3. Allegro molto moderato
Intermezzi, Op.117: 1. In E Flat Major
Intermezzi, Op.117: 2. In B Flat Minor
Intermezzi, Op.117: 3. In C Sharp Minor
6 Piano Pieces, Op.118: 1. Intermezzo In A Minor
6 Piano Pieces, Op.118: 2. Intermezzo In A
6 Piano Pieces, Op.118: 3. Ballade In G Minor
6 Piano Pieces, Op.118: 4. Intermezzo In F Minor
6 Piano Pieces, Op.118: 5. Romance In F
6 Piano Pieces, Op.118: 6. Intermezzo In E Flat Minor
Rhapsody for Alto, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op.53

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