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Brahms: Sinfonia In B / Swensen, Malmo Opera Orchestra

Brahms / Malmo Opera Orch / Swensen
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 191  
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsClara Wieck SchumannRobert Schumann
Performer:  Joseph Swensen
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sinfonia in B is Joseph Swensen’s orchestration of the little-known original version of Brahms’ B major piano trio. In Swensen’s own words: “Completed in 1854, it is the largest and arguably the most important of Brahms’ published early works, yet it remains nearly unknown to most musicians and music-lovers alike … The original Opus 8 is, for me, intriguing for many reasons. Not only is it a work of extraordinary quality and emotional depth, written by a composer just 21 years of age, but it is a quintessential example of Brahms’ ultra-romantic and forward looking early style.”

This disc also explores the young Brahms’ connection with Robert and Clara Schumann, with orchestrations and performances (as a violin soloist) by
Read more Swensen of miniature works by both composers – as well as extracts from the ‘F-A-E’ sonata (a joint composition by Brahms, Robert Schumann and Joseph Joachim based on the motto ‘Frei aber einsam’ / ‘free but lonely’ – Joachim’s personal motto).
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonia in B major [original 1854 version of Trio Op. 8] by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Opera Orchestra
Notes: Arranger: Swensen. 
2.
Romances (3) for Violin and Piano, Op. 22 by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Joseph Swensen (Violin)
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Swensen. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano "FAE": 2nd mvt, Intermezzo by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Joseph Swensen (Violin)
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Swensen. 
4.
Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C minor, WoO 2 "FAE Sonata" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Joseph Swensen (Violin)
Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Swensen. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A Masterpiece July 14, 2012 By Anthony G. (valley stream, NY) See All My Reviews "Nothing in my experience, or expectation, prepared me for this striking Brahms beauty. Bereft of this Brahms imaginative transcriptions, and assorted rarities (one not so rare), my musical life would be the poorer. " Report Abuse
 A Fantastic Orchestration and Recording July 6, 2012 By D. Stewart (Flagstaff, AZ) See All My Reviews "What a pleasant surprise in all categories. This is an Orchestration of the Original version of Brahms' Trio Op 8. The transcription is so to the point you would swear that Brahms himself transcribed it. There are also short orchestrated pieces by Clara and Robert Schumann, and a Brahms Scherzo, all of which are equally impressively orchestrated and recorded. The sound is glorious, revealing every instrument in the Orchestra with some superb tympani foundations when needed. I have played this disc many times, as I am sure will you. First you will have to get a copy of course. Hurry and do so. You will love it. I hope Conductor Swenson has some other such projects in mind." Report Abuse
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