Brahms: Complete Orchestral Music (Limited Boxset)
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Kurt Masur’s burnished readings of Brahms’s orchestral music with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, issued as a Limited Edition box with Original Jackets.
Hardly less than with its founder, Felix Mendelssohn, the Leipzig Gewandhaus grew up with Brahms conducting and playing. For a sense of heritage, the orchestra boasts a Brahms tradition second to none. In the words of Kurt Masur, their Kapellmeister for over a quarter of a century, ‘if they play Brahms, you can say it’s still authentic’. Eloquence has compiled the Brahms recordings they made together between 1973 and 1981 for both the East-German Eterna label and Philips. Together they form the most comprehensive documentation yet issued of a musical relationship between composer, conductor and ensemble that was uniformly distinguished by deep understanding and affection. From the keyboard lion’s roaring of the First Piano Concerto to the rage and reconciliation of the Third Symphony and the mellow reflections of the Double Concerto, Masur and the Leipzigers present Brahms in the round.
‘Tradition is everything to the Gewandhaus,’ said Masur. ‘It’s what gives us our identity. It’s why we sound like ourselves and not like any other orchestra.’ The bedrock of that sound is a strong, unified string section with a density of timbre that supplies all the required weight for the post-Beethovenian drama of the First and Fourth symphonies. Masur maintained a narrow, brightly illuminated palette of wind tone-colours that lends a ruddy glow to the more pastoral tones of the Second as well as the rustic orchestrations of the Hungarian Dances and the oboe-led slow movement of the Violin Concerto.
The 1978 recording of the concerto finds its soloist Salvatore Accardo on his most honeyed and alluring form, contrastingly partnered in the Double Concerto by the gruffer, more outspoken tones of the cellist Heinrich Schiff. Masur and the Gewandhaus made several recordings of the piano concertos; Eloquence returns to the earliest and least-familiar of them, made with the American pianist Misha Dichter in 1977 when he was a peerless exponent of Liszt, in performances that grab the listener by the scruff of the neck and never let go.
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Artist||KURT MASUR / BRAHMS|
|Label||Decca / Eloquence|
|Music Genre Primary||Classical|
- 1. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
- 2. Variations on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
- 1. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
- 2. Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
- 1. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
- 2. Akademische Festouvertüre, Op. 80
- 3. Tragische Ouvertüre, Op. 81
- 1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
- 2. Salvatore Accardo, violin
- 3. Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102
- 4. Salvatore Accardo, violin; Heinrich Schiff, cello
- 1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
- 2. Misha Dichter, piano
- 1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
- 2. Misha Dichter, piano
- 1. Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11
- 2. Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16
- 1. Hungarian Dances Nos. 121
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