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Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Haydn Variations / Knappertsbusch


Release Date: 10/26/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 470254   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsRichard Wagner
Performer:  Lucretia West
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Academy Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length:  1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Alto Rhapsody receives here a moving performance, spacious and dignified on the part of singers and orchestra alike. Lucretia West projects the solo part with very great security (though also with rather a fast vibrato), and is well balanced with the tenors and basses of the chorus."

-- Gramophone [5/1958] Reviewing original LP recording of the Brahms
"The Alto Rhapsody receives here a moving performance, spacious and dignified on the part of singers and orchestra alike. Lucretia West projects the solo part with very great security (though also with rather a fast vibrato), and is well balanced with the tenors and basses of the chorus."

-- Gramophone [5/1958] Reviewing original LP recording of the Brahms
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Works on This Recording

1. Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
2. Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lucretia West (Alto)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Academy Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
3. Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
4. Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
5. Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 

Sound Samples

Academic Festival Overture, Op.80
Rhapsody for Alto, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op.53
Tragic Overture, Op.81
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a
Siegfried Idyll

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