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Brahms: Symphony No 3 & 4, Alto Rhapsody, Tragic Overture / Eschenbach, Houston


Release Date: 05/19/2009 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 93228   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dunja Vejzovic
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Eschenbach [conducts the third symphony] with...communicative phrasing, all manner of tenutos, hesitations and dynamic refinements, a third movement intermezzo that is extended to become a second slow movement (7'45'' to Ashkenazy's 5'51''), and Furtwangler-like variations of pace in the outer movements. Eschenbach even begins with the older master's broad and crescendoing opening motto (I am referring to a 1949 Berlin/Furtwangler concert recording, available over the years on a number of labels)...

Eschenbach's Alto Rhapsody is...a pearl of considerable price. Quite aptly, given the Wagnerian feel of the opening verse, Vejzovic's Kundry for Karajan (DG, 10/84) is recalled as she chillingly colours and times the words ''die
Read more Oede verschlingt ihn'' (''the wilderness swallows him up''); and though she may swallow a few too many of her consonants compared with, say, Lipovsek for Abbado, or Baker for Boult, her style is noticeably less declamatory than either. Here, too, Eschenbach's flexibility and shadings really make their mark. The final verse—properly sotto voce and with Vezjovic more integrated with chorus and orchestra than Jard van Nes for Blomstedt—is balm indeed.

-- John Steane, Gramophone [6/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
2.
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 
3.
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dunja Vejzovic (Alto)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
4.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto
Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: II. Andante
Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: III. Poco allegretto
Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: IV. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
Rhapsody Op. 53
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato
Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 You gotta have Brahms August 24, 2013 By r. hunt (Newport, RI) See All My Reviews "I was mainly replacing a worn out "3" CD.Very good. The Alto Rhapsody was an excellent bonus. A new favorite" Report Abuse
 Lovely idiomatic performance January 4, 2013 By Nadine Harris (Barrington, RI) See All My Reviews "Surprisingly nice brass playing and really admirable conducting brimming with Viennese style. Nice job by the Serbian mezzo in the Alto Rhapsody. All in all, a very satisfying disk to own." Report Abuse
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