Brahms Op. 34

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Libor Pesek - Josef Suk: Ripening, Op.34; Praga, Op.26 (1993)

Josef Suk: Ripening, Op.34; Praga, Op.26 (1993)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Libor Pešek, conductor

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Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 0777 7 59318 2 2 | Time: 01:06:52

Joseph Suk's Ripening is one of the most amazing of all post-Romantic orchestral works. It is immensely complex in its structure: a celestial introduction is followed by a cogent progress of scherzos and slow movements, of funeral marches and fugues, all concluded by a serene coda. Yet the work is immediately comprehensible as a musical drama, made clear through the coherence of the thematic and harmonic material. Pesek and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic perform like modern-day deities. They fall short of the heights of Talich and the Czech Philharmonic, but Talich gave the work its premiere. Nonetheless, Pesek gives Ripening his very considerable all: his concentration holds the gigantic structure together as a single arch. Plus, his players articulate every instrumental detail, right down to the beatific wordless women's choir at the work's close. Highly recommended.
Rimsky-Korsakov - Sheherazade, Op.35/Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 - Jansons / London Philharmonic

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Leif Ove Andsnes, Artemis Quartet - Schumann, Brahms: Piano Quintets (2007)

Leif Ove Andsnes, Artemis Quartet - Schumann, Brahms: Piano Quintets (2007)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 00946 395143 2 8 | Time: 01:08:31

EMI Classics pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and Virgin Classics' string quartet, the Artemis, have joined their formidable musical forces to record two of the most beautiful piano quintets of the Romantic chamber music repertoire. Their collaboration makes for what will certainly be considered a landmark recording, bringing a new vigour to these well-known masterpieces. The programme couples 2 major piano quintets by Brahms and Schumann. Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor Op.34 is the composer's only piano quintet and is considered one of his finest compositions. The work began life as a string quintet, later evolving into a sonata for two pianos, before taking its final form in 1866. Of Schumann's Piano Quintet in E Op 44, Clara Schumann, who premiered it said: "A glorious piece, extremely brilliant and effective. Schumann's sole composition for piano quintet was composed in 1842, a year practically devoted to the composition of chamber works for piano and strings.
Paul Lewis - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 - Ballades Op.10 (2016) [TR24][OF]

Paul Lewis - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 - Ballades Op.10
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | 72:07 min | 661 MB | Digital booklet
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 07 | Rls.date: 2016

Following his highly acclaimed surveys of the piano works of Beethoven and Schubert, British pianist Paul Lewis turns to the romantic period and Brahms's mighty D minor Piano Concerto. Lewis performed the work across Europe in 2014 and in the US for his New York Philharmonic debut. In a review of that concert, New York Times critic Anthony Tomassini praised Lewis for his, "majestic and insightful performance," adding, "I have seldom heard the contrasting theme, which sounds like an affirming chorale, played with such elegant shaping of inner voices." For this new recording, Lewis is accompanied by Daniel Harding leading the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Thea King, Clifford Benson - Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas (1986) Reissue 2004

Thea King, Clifford Benson - Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas (1986) Reissue 2004
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Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55158 | Time: 00:43:30

Brahms’s two sonatas for clarinet and piano, Op 120, composed in 1894, were followed only by the four Serious Songs and a set of organ chorale preludes (some of which may have been written at earlier times). His farewell to chamber music was also his farewell gift to the clarinet. The two works recorded here were preceded by the Clarinet Trio in A minor (Op 114) and the great Clarinet Quintet in B minor (Op 115), and all four masterpieces were inspired by the playing of Richard Mühlfeld, principal clarinettist of the Meiningen Orchestra.
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Antoni Wit - Johannes Brahms: Choral Works (2012)

Johannes Brahms - Choral Works (2012)
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra; Antoni Wit, conductor; Ewa Wolak, contralto

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Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Naxos | # 8.572694 | Time: 01:09:51

This collection of short choral pieces by Johannes Brahms is an unusual one in present times, partly because many of the choral parts are quite demanding. For a choral club in the 19th century, however, it wouldn't have been so novel, and there are great beauties on offer here. After the fetching Ave Maria, Op. 12, the rest of the program is dense, metaphysical, and, with the partial exception of the Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53, concerned with death. There are two funeral songs, and two more about fate, and this is not the warm, humanistic Brahms of the German Requiem, Op. 45. The performances are profound and dignified, and the overall effect uncanny. The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir under choirmaster Henryk Wojnarowski has a gorgeous rich tone that is undiminished by the long lines of the music, and the Alto Rhapsody achieves real grandeur in the hands of contralto Ewa Wolak. But the real credit goes to the Warsaw Philharmonic and conductor Antoni Wit, who keep a consistent level of tension and momentum in difficult, dark material like the somber Nänie, Op. 82 (Funeral Song), a rarely performed late Brahms masterwork.
Sara Mingardo, Luca Sanzò & Maurizio Paciariello - Brahms: Viola Sonatas, Op. 120, 2 Gesänge, Op. 91 (2016)

Sara Mingardo, Luca Sanzò & Maurizio Paciariello - Brahms: Viola Sonatas, Op. 120, 2 Gesänge, Op. 91 (2016)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:58:06 | 134 MB
Label: Brilliant Classics

This new recording contains Brahms complete music in which the viola plays a solo part: the two Sonatas Op. 120 and the 2 Gesänge Op. 91, for alto, viola and piano. Brahms two viola sonatas are masterworks of his late style: the perfect handling of the sonata form sets the structure for autumnal reminiscenses and melancholic introspection, alternated by either passionate or tender interludes. Beautiful performances by violist Luca Sanzo and pianist Maurizio Paciariello, who made an excellent recording of Hindemiths Viola Sonatas for Brilliant Classics (BC94782): Strong performance.a real winner (Musicweb). A special treat is the voice of Sara Mingardo in the Zwei Gesänge, one of the foremost altos of today, who sung with Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, MyungWhunChung, Rinaldo Alessandrini.
Haydn - String Quartets, Op.71 No.3, Op.74, Op.76, Op.77, Op.103 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - String Quartets, Op.71 No.3, Op.74, Op.76, Op.77, Op.103 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 70:59+76:08+72:50+75:00 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 1.34 Cb

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)
Roger Norrington, SWR, NDR, Soloists - Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (2015)

Johannes Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem (2015)
Christina Landshamer, soprano; Florian Boesch bass; Roger Norrington, conductor
NDR Chor, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR

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Genre: Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # CD 93.327 | Time: 01:04:24

Among the major choral-orchestral works of the 19th century, Sir Roger Norrington and his former Orchestra, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, have tackled over the years, now finally comes Brahms' "German Requiem." one of the most beautiful and popular sacred music works in the repertoire. Brahms’ contemporaries, including his close friend Clara Schumann were moved with the score and were enthusiastic about it - and it has been a favorite with the general public ever since. Although Biblical texts are used, the piece is not in the standard church-liturgical tradition. It was Brahms‘personal response to "those who mourn"! The central idea of this masterpiece is the reality of human existence. It is precisely this „earthly character“ that Roger Norrington uses to shape his interpretation emphasizing the grave beautify of the music and not religious awe; in this, Norrington draws us close to the composer’s intentions. He is ably supported by soprano soloist Christina Landshamer, basso Florian Boesch, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and the NDR.
Haydn - String Quartets, Op.55 Nos.2-3, Op.64, Op.71 No.1-2 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - String Quartets, Op.55 Nos.2-3, Op.64, Op.71 No.1-2 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 69:55+77:10+57:05 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 945 Mb

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)