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Brahms - Symphonies, Overtures & Hungarian Dances

Composer Johannes Brahms
Franz Schubert
Performer Anna Larsson
Johan Reuter
The Swedish Radio Choir (Radiokören)
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2556 SACD
EAN 7318599925561
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  4 discs
Release date Feb 2022
Total time 291'46

4 SACDs for the price of 2
Album release: 4th February 2022
This boxed set brings together Thomas Dausgaard’s and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra’s cycle of Brahms’ symphonies, originally released as four separate discs. Each symphony is coupled with carefully selected works to provide a well-rounded idea of the composer’s orchestral output. Favourites such as the two concert overtures are included – the laughing and the weeping one, to paraphrase Brahms himself – as well as the much loved Haydn Variations (on a theme which most likely isn’t by Haydn at all…). &&&

Another perennial favourite is the Alto Rhapsody, with Anna Larsson singing the solo part, but there are also less often heard works – Brahms’s orchestrations of his own Liebeslieder-Walzer as well as of six songs by Schubert. And throughout the set the composer’s Hungarian Dances (including some of his most popular music) run like a thread. Brahms own orchestrations of Nos 1, 3 and 10 have pride of place on disc 1, with the remaining 18, in much praised orchestral versions by Thomas Dausgaard, are spread out over the remaining three discs. In reviews of the individual discs, critics have praised their sound, words such as ‘freshness’, ‘transparency’ and ‘urgency’ to describw the performances, with the critic in Fanfare expressing his pleasure at hearing ‘Brahms from the edge of one's seat’.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Johannes Brahms
  Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 (1876) 45'00
01 I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro 15'10
02 II. Andante sostenuto 8'46
03 III. Un poco Allegretto e grazioso 4'35
04 IV. Adagio - Più Andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio 16'29
 
  Liebeslieder-Walzer from Op.52 & Op.65 (1869–70) 12'00
05 I. Rede Mädchen, allzuliebes, Op.52 No.1 1'06
06 II. Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut, Op.52 0'42
07 III. Wie des Abends schöne Röte, Op.52 No.4 0'43
08 IV. Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel nahm den Flug, Op.52 No.6 2'31
09 V. Die grüne Hopfenranke, Op.52 No.5 1'26
10 VI. Nagen am Herzen fühl ich Gift in mir, Op.65 No.9 1'11
11 VII. Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen, Op.52 No.11 0'52
12 VIII. Wenn so lind dein Auge mir, Op.52 No.8 1'23
13 IX. Am Donaustrande, da steht ein Haus, Op.52 No.9 2'06
 
  Hungarian Dances from WoO 1 (1869, orch. 1873) 7'27
14 No.1. Allegro molto 3'08
15 No.3. Allegretto 2'08
16 No.10. Presto 2'11
 
 
Disc 2
  Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.73 (1877) 40'29
01 I. Allegro non troppo 17'31
02 II. Adagio non troppo – L’istesso tempo, ma grazioso 8'41
03 III. Allegretto grazioso – Presto ma non assai – Tempo I 4'53
04 IV. Allegro con spirito 9'24
 
  Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a (1873) 16'10
05 Thema. Chorale St. Antoni. Andante 1'51
 
  Variations on a Theme by
06 Variation I. Poco più animato 1'10
 
  Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a (1873) 16'10
07 Variation II. Più vivace 1'00
08 Variation III. Con moto 1'46
09 Variation IV. Andante con moto 2'06
10 Variation V. Vivace 0'54
11 Variation VI. Vivace 1'19
12 Variation VII. Grazioso 2'46
13 Variation VIII. Presto non troppo 0'56
14 Finale. Andante 3'32
 
  Hungarian Dances from WoO 1 (1869) 7'59
15 No.6 in D flat major. Vivace – Molto sostenuto 3'27
16 No.7 in A major. Allegretto 1'44
17 No.5 in F sharp minor. Allegro – Vivace 2'48
 
  Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (1880)
18 Allegro—Maestoso—Animato—Maestoso 9'59
 
 
Disc 3
  Symphony No.3 in F major, Op.90 (1883) 33'33
01 I. Allegro con brio 11'50
02 II. Andante 7'29
03 III. Poco Allegretto 5'53
04 IV. Allegro 8'21
 
  Six Songs (arrangements of songs by Franz Schubert) 18'15
05 An Schwager Kronos, D369 2'32
06 Memnon, D541 3'39
07 Geheimes, D719 1'45
08 Greisengesang, D778 4'43
09 Ellens Zweiter Gesang, D838 (first version) 2'53
10 Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D583 2'43
 
  Hungarian Dances from WoO 1 (1880) 14'02
11 No. 11 in D minor. Poco andante 2'46
12 No. 12 in D minor. Presto 2'39
13 No. 13 in D major. Andantino grazioso – Vivace 1'27
14 No. 14 in D minor. Un poco andante 1'51
15 No. 15 in B flat major. Allegretto grazioso 2'40
16 No. 16 in F minor. Con moto – F major. Presto 2'39
 
  Rhapsody for Contralto, Male Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 53
17 Adagio – Poco Andante – Adagio 12'28
 
 
Disc 4
  Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op. 98 (1884—85) 37'51
01 I. Allegro non troppo 11'45
02 II. Andante moderato 10'23
03 III. Allegro giocoso 6'04
04 IV. Allegro energico e passionato 9'39
 
  Hungarian Dances from WoO 1 22'18
05 No. 2 in D minor. Allegro non assai 2'54
06 No. 4 in F minor. Poco sostenuto 3'54
07 No. 8 in A minor. Presto 3'06
08 No. 9 in E minor. Allegro non troppo 2'04
09 No. 17 in F sharp minor. Andantino 3'01
10 No. 18 in D major. Molto vivace 1'27
11 No. 19 in B minor. Allegretto 1'44
12 No. 20 in E minor. Poco allegretto 2'28
13 No. 21 in E minor. Vivace 1'40
 
  Tragic Overture, Op. 81 (1880)
14 Allegro ma non troppo 12'33
 
  Album total 291'46
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
OrchestraSwedish Chamber Orchestra (Svenska Kammarorkestern)
ConductorDausgaard, Thomas
ArrangerDausgaard, Thomas
BaritoneReuter, Johan
AltoLarsson, Anna
Male choirSwedish Radio Choir (Radiokören)

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