Brahms: Complete Chamber Music

Release Date: 8/27/2013
Catalog Number: BRI94381
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Number of Discs: 12

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This extensive collection comprises the complete chamber works of Johannes Brahms. These works are often considered to be the finest offering of chamber music since that of Ludwig van Beethoven; a selection which perfectly captures the musical and creative personality of its composer. Many perceived Brahms as a true champion of the Classical tradition, although his works also show the influence of Franz Schubert, Brahms’s most revered mentor. Thus Brahms’s innovative tonality and expansive structures heralded an entirely new era of chamber music. The works showcase the evolution of Brahms’s treatment of theme; sometimes combining several melodies at once, developing a theme as it was being presented or else presenting a theme again in recapitulation, but changing the mood or character, to evoke a totally different feel. The composer wrote for an abundance of chamber?music ensembles, bestowing the Piano Quartets Opp. 24 & 25 with qualities that are associated with much larger?scale works. Among the many illustrious performers on this recording are the Brandis Quartett, Tokyo Quartet and The Nash Ensemble, alongside a host of other stellar instrumentalists.

• Reissue of one the best and most successful Brilliant Classics Box Sets from the ‘early days’ (first issued in the year 2000): the complete chamber music of Johannes Brahms.

• Brahms’ chamber music represents the core of his entire output. Listening to these undisputed masterworks one gets the impression this genius symphonist reserved his best inspirations for these sonatas, trios, quartets, quintets and sextets: what glorious melodies, what glowing harmonies and what instrumental mastery enchants and captures the listener!

• A uniform high artistic level (Tokyo Quartet, Nash Ensemble, Brandis Quartett, Isabelle Faust, György Pauk, Karl Leister and others) makes this set a highly desirable bargain!

• Liner notes on each work included in the booklet.
Works on This Recording
1. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Isabelle Faust (Violin), Bruno Giuranna (Viola), Alain Meunier (Cello), Derek Han (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1861 ; Germany
2. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Isabelle Faust (Violin), Bruno Giuranna (Viola), Alain Meunier (Cello), Derek Han (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1875 ; Austria
3. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 26 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Isabelle Faust (Violin), Bruno Giuranna (Viola), Derek Han (Piano), Alain Meunier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1861 ; Germany
4. Quintet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 88 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Wilfried Strehle (Viola), Brett Dean (Viola), Thomas Brandis (Violin), Wolfgang Boettcher (Cello), Peter Brem (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brandis String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; Austria
5. Quintet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 111 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Wilfried Strehle (Viola), Wolfgang Boettcher (Cello), Thomas Brandis (Violin), Brett Dean (Viola), Peter Brem (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brandis String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Austria
6. Sonata for Clarinet/Viola and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet), Ferenc Bognár (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; Germany
7. Sonata for Clarinet/Viola and Piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 no 2 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet), Ferenc Bognár (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; Germany
8. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Wilfried Strehle (Viola), Karl Leister (Clarinet), Thomas Brandis (Violin), Wolfgang Boettcher (Cello), Peter Brem (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brandis String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891 ; Austria
9. Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Kazuhide Isomura (Viola), Sadao Harada (Cello), Kikuei Ikeda (Violin), Peter Oundjian (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tokyo String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1865-1873 ; Austria
10. Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51 no 2 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Kazuhide Isomura (Viola), Sadao Harada (Cello), Kikuei Ikeda (Violin), Peter Oundjian (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tokyo String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1865-1873 ; Austria
11. Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Kazuhide Isomura (Viola), Sadao Harada (Cello), Peter Oundjian (Violin), Kikuei Ikeda (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tokyo String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875 ; Austria
12. Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Frank [horn] Lloyd (French Horn), Ian Brown (Piano), Marcia Crayford (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic
Written: 1865 ; Austria
13. Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Elizabeth Layton (Violin), Christopher Van Kampen (Cello), Roger Chase (Viola), Marcia Crayford (Violin), Ian Brown (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861-1864 ; Austria
14. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano), György Pauk (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1879 ; Austria
15. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano), György Pauk (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
16. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano), György Pauk (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886-1888 ; Austria
17. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Herre-Jan Stegenga (Cello), Philippe Entremont (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1865 ; Austria
18. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Herre-Jan Stegenga (Cello), Philippe Entremont (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
19. Sextet for Strings no 1 in B flat major, Op. 18 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Moray Welsh (Cello), David [cello] Smith (Cello), Berian Evans (Viola), Howard Davis (Violin), Peter Pople (Violin), Roger Best (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alberni String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859-1860 ; Germany
20. Sextet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 36 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Berian Evans (Viola), Moray Welsh (Cello), David [cello] Smith (Cello), Roger Best (Viola), Howard Davis (Violin), Peter Pople (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alberni String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1864-1865 ; Austria
21. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Jaime Laredo (Violin), Joseph Kalichstein (Piano), Sharon Robinson (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854/1889 ; Germany
22. Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 101 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Joseph Kalichstein (Piano), Jaime Laredo (Violin), Sharon Robinson (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Austria
23. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 87 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Jaime Laredo (Violin), Joseph Kalichstein (Piano), Sharon Robinson (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880-1882 ; Austria
24. Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Karl Leister (Clarinet), Wolfgang Boettcher (Cello), Ferenc Bognár (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891 ; Austria
25. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Isabelle Faust (Violin), Alain Meunier (Cello), Bruno Giuranna (Viola), Derek Han (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1861 ; Germany
26. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Derek Han (Piano), Isabelle Faust (Violin), Bruno Giuranna (Viola), Alain Meunier (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1875 ; Austria
27. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 26 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Isabelle Faust (Violin), Derek Han (Piano), Alain Meunier (Cello), Bruno Giuranna (Viola)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1861 ; Germany
28. Quintet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 88 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Wilfried Strehle (Viola), Brett Dean (Viola), Thomas Brandis (Violin), Peter Brem (Violin), Wolfgang Boettcher (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brandis String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; Austria
29. Quintet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 111 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Thomas Brandis (Violin), Wilfried Strehle (Viola), Brett Dean (Viola), Peter Brem (Violin), Wolfgang Boettcher (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brandis String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Austria
30. Quintet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 111 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Thomas Brandis (Violin), Wilfried Strehle (Viola), Brett Dean (Viola), Peter Brem (Violin), Wolfgang Boettcher (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brandis String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Austria
31. Sonata for Clarinet/Viola and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Ferenc Bognár (Piano), Karl Leister (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; Germany
32. Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Ian Brown (Piano), Marcia Crayford (Violin), Frank [horn] Lloyd (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic
Written: 1865 ; Austria
33. Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Elizabeth Layton (Violin), Marcia Crayford (Violin), Christopher Van Kampen (Cello), Ian Brown (Piano), Roger Chase (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861-1864 ; Austria
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