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Abbado - Brahms [Box set]

Claudio Abbado Audio CD
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Claudio Abbado enjoyed an international career almost without parallel, and occupied a position of unique standing in the musical world.

Admired and loved by the artists with whom he collaborated, he astonished and delighted audiences with the vivacity and poise of music-making and through his career as a conductor he took in a remarkable range of composers’ works.

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  • Audio CD (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00JJ9DZ0U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony no. 1
2. Gesang der Parzen
Disc: 2
1. Symphony no. 2
2. Alto Rhapsody
Disc: 3
1. Symphony no. 3
2. Tragic Overture
3. Schicksalslied
Disc: 4
1. Symphony no. 4
2. Haydn Variations
3. Nanie op. 82
4. Lipovsek / Ernst Senff Choir / Rundfunk Chor Berlijn
See all 5 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Serenade no. 1
2. Mahler Chamber Orchestra
3. Serenade no. 2
4. Berliner Philharmoniker

Product Description

This 5 CD BRAHMS box of Symphonies, Serenades and Overtures, is generally recognized as containing the best modern recordings of his symphonic oeuvre. “Brahms would be the top of my Abbado picks,” critic Martin Kettle has written, “partly but not only because all those years ago he drove into the tragic grandeur of the first movement of the first symphony with a human warmth which very few other conductors have ever achieved.”

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Yi-Peng VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I am very grateful that DG has reissued the Abbado Brahms cycle in a budget price box and made it available again to buyers who might not be able to afford new top-price releases.

After Abbado's recent death, it is welcome to be reminded of his strengths as a conductor. This cycle of Brahms symphonies was one of his first fruits of his tenure with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. What I admire about Abbado's treatment of Brahms is its balance. It is both dramatic and lyrical, clarifying Brahms's orchestral textures. His recording of the First Symphony bears this out. It captures its stern, unsmiling mood quite well, but yet finds room for warmth. The other symphonies fare well too. The Second is a highlight of the cycle and brings out the Italianate warmth inherent in Abbado's conducting. The Third and Fourth have a momentum of their own, yet they are also supple and clear, giving each section the chance to shine.

In addition to the symphonies this box includes some of the shorter choral works with orchestra, the two overtures, the Haydn Variations and the two Serenades. They are also given excellent performances and allow us to know Brahms in his other guises.

The only downside to this reissue is that this set doesn't include the sung texts and translations of the vocal works as in the full-priced disc. I am surprised that DG didn't make them available as PDFs.

In any case, it is good to have this cycle in a reissue that is more friendly to budgets and shelf space. This cycle encapsulates a lot of the music making that we love and miss about Abbado.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely welcome budget reissue of Abbado's Berlin Brahms cycle 8 July 2014
By Yi-Peng - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am very grateful that DG has reissued the Abbado Brahms cycle in a budget price box and made it available again to buyers who might not be able to afford new top-price releases.

After Abbado's recent death, it is welcome to be reminded of his strengths as a conductor. This cycle of Brahms symphonies was one of his first fruits of his tenure with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. What I admire about Abbado's treatment of Brahms is its balance. It is both dramatic and lyrical, clarifying Brahms's orchestral textures. His recording of the First Symphony bears this out. It captures its stern, unsmiling mood quite well, but yet finds room for warmth. The other symphonies fare well too. The Second is a highlight of the cycle and brings out the Italianate warmth inherent in Abbado's conducting. The Third and Fourth have a momentum of their own, yet they are also supple and clear, giving each section the chance to shine.

In addition to the symphonies this box includes some of the shorter choral works with orchestra, the two overtures, the Haydn Variations and the two Serenades. They are also given excellent performances and allow us to know Brahms in his other guises.

The only downside to this reissue is that this set doesn't include the sung texts and translations of the vocal works as in the full-priced disc. I am surprised that DG didn't make them available as PDFs.

In any case, it is good to have this cycle in a reissue that is more friendly to budgets and shelf space. This cycle encapsulates a lot of the music making that we love and miss about Abbado.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Aug 2014
By Cedomir Todorovic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The best modern Brahms cycle bar none. In this new, cheaper incarnation, it is a bargain to beat.
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