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Brahms: Symphony No 3, Alto Rhapsody / Eschenbach, Vejzovic

Release Date: 01/07/2009 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 45006   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dunja Vejzovic
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony OrchestraHouston Symphony Male Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Eschenbach [conducts] 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 Oede verschlingt
Read more 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

Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1992 
Venue:  Brown Theater, Wortham Center, Houston 
Length: 39 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dunja Vejzovic (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra,  Houston Symphony Male Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1992 
Venue:  Brown Theater, Wortham Center, Houston 
Length: 13 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 

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