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Brahms: The Symphonies / Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester

Brahms / Chailly / Gewandhausorchester
Release Date: 11/11/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001929802   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dynamic and dramatic readings, faithful to Brahms's intentions. Powerfully conceived, they are rhythmically alert, without an ounce of undue sentiment and never for an instant losing sight of the scores' rock-solid architecture. The Gewandhaus players reward him with magnificent playing, alert and sumptuously rich in sound.

– BBC Music Magazine

Following the 2011 landmark Beethoven cycle, Riccardo Chailly returns with a new perspective on Brahms.

It is a quarter of a century since Chailly recorded the symphonies with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has radically rethought his approach to these works, re-examining the scores and returning to the recorded interpretations of a generation of
Read more conductors alive during Brahms’s lifetime, principally Felix Weingartner and one of his Gewandhaus predecessors, Bruno Walter.

This comprehensive overview of Brahms’s orchestral works includes several rarities, among them world premieres of two piano intermezzi orchestrated by Paul Klengel (brother of the Gewandhaus’s long-standing principal cellist Julius Klengel); the Liebeslieder Walzer from Op. 52/65; the original first performance version of the Andante of Symphony No. 1 and the even rarer revised opening of the Fourth Symphony.

The set is completed with the Tragic and Academic Festival overtures, Haydn Variations and the three Hungarian Dances orchestrated by Brahms himself.

The Chailly/Gewandhausorchester Beethoven cycle won critical plaudits, including five-star reviews in both the Independent – “… the effect is revelatory … restoring a dash and brio to works whose revolutionary aspects can once again be clearly glimpsed.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
2.
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
3.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
4.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
5.
Variations in B flat major on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a "St. Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
6.
Tragic Overture, Op. 81 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
7.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 3 in F major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
8.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 10 in F major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
9.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
10.
Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
11.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68: 2nd movement, Andante by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
Notes: Version: Original first performance version 
12.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98: Excerpt(s) by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Notes: Version: Alternative opening 
13.
Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65: no 9, Nagen am Herzen by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Austria 
14.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 9, Am Donaustrande by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
15.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 8, Wenn so lind by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
16.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 6, Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
17.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 5, Die grüne Hopfenranke by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
18.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 4, Wie des Abends schöne Röte by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
19.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 2, Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
20.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 11, Nein, es ist nicht by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
21.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52: no 1, Rede Mädchen, allzu liebes by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
22.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117: no 1 in E flat major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
23.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: no 4, Intermezzo in E major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Brahms with a Bang December 19, 2013 By Joseph Lieber, MD (Great Neck, NY) See All My Reviews "Chailly had recorded the Brahms symphonies years back in a good set. However, this new set clearly is the better of the two. The playing of the Gewandhaus is superb and the symphonies come across with passion and lyricism. The "fillers" (very hard to consider the Tragic Overture a filler)are great. The orchestrations of the late piano works and the alternate renditions of the symphonies are intriguing. There have been a number of great Brahms symphonies lately. The Axelrod set with the Schumann lieder is top of the line. Better each time I listen. Clearly, there is never to much great Brahms!" Report Abuse
 An Absolute Essential! November 23, 2013 By W. Brown (Centerburg, OH) See All My Reviews "While there are many Brahms cycles currently available that are absolute essentials, this cycle by Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester is the top choice currently available. The Decca engineers did an outstanding job with the recording. I might add that Chailly's Beethoven cycle is tops as well. Both are definite symphony cycles that belong in every classical music lover's library. The Cream of the Crop!" Report Abuse
 Stunning Brahms November 21, 2013 By Louis P. (Kensington, MD) See All My Reviews "For me this is the best set in modern sounds since von Karajan's second Berlin set from the 70s. The incisive rhythms and articulation are amazing. Wonderful sound for the Gewandhaus Orch ! Excellent supplementary materials to explain the accompanying rarities on the third CD.(Do we really need six photos of the conductor?)" Report Abuse
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