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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 1. Maestoso - Poco Più ModeratoBernard Haitink and Claudio Arrau and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra24:11Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 2. AdagioBernard Haitink and Claudio Arrau and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra15:47Album Only
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro Non Troppo)Bernard Haitink and Claudio Arrau and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra12:52Album Only


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83 - 1. Allegro Non TroppoBernard Haitink and Claudio Arrau and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra19:15Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83 - 2. Allegro AppassionatoBernard Haitink and Claudio Arrau and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 9:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83 - 3. Andante - Più AdagioBernard Haitink and Claudio Arrau and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra12:07Album Only
Listen  4. Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat, Op.83 - 4. Allegretto Grazioso - Un Poco Più PrestoBernard Haitink and Claudio Arrau and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 9:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Theme: ''Chorale St. Antoni''Bernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation I: Poco Più AnimatoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 1:22£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation II: Più VivaceBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 1:01£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation III: Con MotoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 1:50£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation IV: Andante Con MotoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation V: VivaceBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra0:57£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation VI: VivaceBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 1:22£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation VII: GraziosoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation VIII: Presto Non TroppoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 1:04£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Finale: AndanteBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Violin Concerto In D, Op.77 - 1. Allegro Non TroppoBernard Haitink and Henryk Szeryng and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra23:15Album Only
Listen  2. Violin Concerto In D, Op.77 - 2. AdagioBernard Haitink and Henryk Szeryng and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 9:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Violin Concerto In D, Op.77 - 3. Allegro Giocoso, Ma Non Troppo Vivace - Poco Più PrestoBernard Haitink and Henryk Szeryng and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 8:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Concerto For Violin And Cello In A Minor, Op.102 - 1. AllegroBernard Haitink and Henryk Szeryng and János Starker and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra16:58Album Only
Listen  5. Concerto For Violin And Cello In A Minor, Op.102 - 2. AndanteBernard Haitink and Henryk Szeryng and János Starker and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 7:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Concerto For Violin And Cello In A Minor, Op.102 - 3. Vivace Non Troppo - Poco Meno Allegro - Tempo IBernard Haitink and Henryk Szeryng and János Starker and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 8:55£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Listen  1. Serenade No.1 In D, Op.11 - 1. Allegro MoltoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 9:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Serenade No.1 In D, Op.11 - 2. Scherzo (Allegro Non Troppo) - Trio (Poco Più Moto)Bernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 7:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Serenade No.1 In D, Op.11 - 3. Adagio Non TroppoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra15:19Album Only
Listen  4. Serenade No.1 In D, Op.11 - 4. Menuetto I-IIBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Serenade No.1 In D, Op.11 - 5. Scherzo (Allegro)Bernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Serenade No.1 In D, Op.11 - 6. Rondo (Allegro)Bernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 6:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Serenade No.2 In A, Op.16 - 1. Allegro ModeratoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 7:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Serenade No.2 In A, Op.16 - 2. Scherzo (Vivace)Bernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Serenade No.2 In A, Op.16 - 3. Adagio Non TroppoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 7:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Serenade No.2 In A, Op.16 - 4. Quasi Menuetto - TrioBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Serenade No.2 In A, Op.16 - 5. Rondo (Allegro)Bernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 6:08£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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Listen  1. Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.68 - 1. Un Poco Sostenuto - Allegro - Meno AllegroBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra12:59Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.68 - 2. Andante SostenutoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 8:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.68 - 3. Un Poco Allegretto E GraziosoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.1 In C Minor, Op.68 - 4. Adagio - Piu Andante - Allegro Non Troppo, Ma Con Brio - Piu AllegroBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra17:15Album Only
Listen  5. Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op.81Bernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra13:34Album Only
Listen  6. Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op.80Bernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra10:24Album Only


Disc 6:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.73 - 1. Allegro Non TroppoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra15:12Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.73 - 2. Adagio Non Troppo - L'istesso Tempo, Ma GraziosoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 8:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.73 - 3. Allegretto Grazioso ( Quasi Andantino) - Presto Ma Non AssaiBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 5:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.2 In D, Op.73 - 4. Allegro Con SpiritoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 9:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 1. Allegro Con Brio - Un Poco Sostenuto - Tempo IBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra14:23Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 2. AndanteBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 9:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 3. Poco AllegrettoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 4. AllegroBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 9:00£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 7:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 1. Allegro Non TroppoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra12:27Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 2. Andante ModeratoBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra11:42Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 3. Allegro Giocoso - Poco Meno Presto - Tempo IBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 6:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 4. Allegro Energico E Passionato - Più AllegroBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra10:10Album Only
Listen  5. Hungarian Dance No.1 In G Minor - Orchestrated By BrahmsBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hungarian Dance No.2 In D Minor - Orchestrated By Johan Andreas Hallén (1846-1925)Bernard Haitink and Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hungarian Dance No.3 In F - Orchestrated By BrahmsBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hungarian Dance No.4 In F Sharp Minor - Orchestrated By Paul Juon (1872-1940)Bernard Haitink and Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hungarian Dance No.5 In G Minor - Orchestrated By A. Parlow (?-1888)Bernard Haitink and Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hungarian Dance No.6 In D Flat - Orchestrated By A. Parlow (?-1888)Bernard Haitink and Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hungarian Dance No.7 In F Hungarian Dance No. 7 In A - Orchestrated By A. Hallén (1846-1925)Bernard Haitink and Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Hungarian Dance No.8 In A Minor - Orchestrated By R. Schollum (b.1913)Bernard Haitink and Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Hungarian Dance No.9 In E Minor - Orchestrated By R. Schollum (b.1913)Bernard Haitink and Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Hungarian Dance No.10 In F - Orchestrated By BrahmsBernard Haitink and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 1:55£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Outstanding performances of Brahms's orchestral masterworks including the complete symphonies. Bernard Haitink conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Brahms's great orchestral works, including the complete symphonies. The concertos feature three great soloists: pianist Claudio Arrau, violinist Henryk Szeryng, and cellist János Starker. "There is no better way of getting to know the Brahms orchestral works on a budget" (Gramophone Good CD Guide).

The set also includes a new booklet essay Jeremy Hayes

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
This is the Brahms to own! 14 Dec. 2012
By Terrance Aldon Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
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Recorded between 1970 and 1981 in then-state-of-the-art analog sound, these classic performances still impress as powerfully as ever in this beautifully remastered compilation. Audiophiles and lovers of great music should expect no less. Bernard Haitink and the Concertgebouw Orchestra set the standard for the interpretation of Brahms in the last quarter of the 20th century--a standard yet to be equaled in the digital age. Surpassed only by Bruno Walter's much-revered 1960 readings with the studio pick-up Columbia Symphony Orchestra (Sony), Haitink takes a similarly "old school" interpretive approach while benefiting from the familiar synergies of a permanent ensemble and Philips' greatly advanced sonic engineering.

Haitink's Brahms is striking for its unerring clarity of line and consistent transparency of texture. Hearing these recordings will quickly disabuse anyone of the clichéd notion that Brahms' orchestrations were dull, heavy-handed or muddy. Listen, for instance, to the opening bars of the Symphony #1. Where other conductors often conjure up a blurred, miasmic wall of sound, Haitink gives us music imbued with dramatic weight and grandeur, yet purposeful, limpid; fully alive with subtle detail. Or, consider the truly magnificent reading of the "Haydn Variations", one of the greatest versions ever recorded; never too weighty, always lyrical, the noble long line carried through from beginning to end, seemingly in a single monumental breath. Other highlights--if there may be said to be "highlights" in a set where everything is equally superb--include a songful and sumptuous Symphony #2, an unrelentingly intense, shattering Symphony #4, a jaunty full-throated rendition of the early Serenade #1, and top-tier readings of the two piano concerti with the great Chilean soloist, Claudio Arrau. The third disc features very fine recordings of the Opus 77 Violin Concerto with the self-effacing and much under-appreciated Henryk Szeryng, and the Opus 102 Double Concerto with Szeryng and the inimitable Janos Starker on cello.

Casual collectors should be aware that all this material has been available separately in every major playback format of the last forty years. I've proudly owned these recordings on Philips cassettes as well as several different LP versions: (Philips 6747 325: 4 Symphonies; Overtures; Haydn Variations (1973)); (Philips 6500 375: Symphony #2 and Haydn Variations (1975)); (Philips 9500 322: Serenade #1 (1977)); (Philips 6882 005: Piano Concerto #2 (1970)); On CD, the 1994 integral box set (Philips 442 068-2) includes everything found on this recent Decca compilation with the exception of the four concertos.

A perfect, refreshingly inexpensive way to discover all the great orchestral works of one of the giants of classical music, or reacquaint yourself with these justly cherished gems, this attractively priced 7-disc set is wholeheartedly--fervently--recommended.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Brahms, Haitnik, and the Concertgebouw 9 Dec. 2010
By Slid113 - Published on Amazon.com
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Another review here finds much to like about this set, as well they should. The sound is uniformly glorious, reminding us of why the Royal Concertgebouw is often the first choice among world class orchestras, and why Phillips was such an admired recording company. I agree that the symphonies are well done; I even enjoyed the Second very much. I disgree with the reviewer about the violin and piano concertos. I played several other excellent recordings for comparison and find that these versions are very much to my liking. I think that anyone looking for a set including the concertos and symphonies with wonderful sound and performance will be more than happy, and at this price, as gratified with this re-issue as I am. It deserves 5 stars.
21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
the sound of Haitink 9 Nov. 2010
By jsa - Published on Amazon.com
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My feelings about Bernard Haitink are mixed. He had a great orchestra at his disposal in the RCO, and a hall with wonderful acoustics along with top-flight Philips engineers to record under, yet many of the recordings I've heard from him, despite sounding great, tend to be too neutral. His studio Mahler cycle is representative: the orchestra is certainly superb, and the readings are huge and plush, but they don't have the force of great personality behind them. Conversely, Haitink's Brahms symphony cycle from the 1970's, the cornerstone of this box set, is excellent. The First is passionate and craggy, the Second (a symphony which I've never been fond of) manages to make the most of the material, the Third is classically structured in the first movement and lovely in the third movement without excess sentimentality. The Fourth is a real knockout, not in the Toscanini mold, but dynamic and perfectly paced. The shorter orchestral pieces are all well-played too: the op. 11 Serenade, which is sort of a hybrid in that it's half-way between a chamber piece and symphonic work, receives a decidedly symphonic reading from Haitink; the Haydn Variations communicate a tension more often found in the concert hall than a studio session. Indeed, it's one of the high points of this set.

The three "blockbuster" concertos are another matter. The violin concerto with Henryk Szeryng, a great violinist and a good Brahmsian too (his sonata traversal with Rubinstein is excellent), is way too mellow for my taste. Everything flows along like a gentle stream through a pretty patch of forest and while it no doubt makes for pleasant listening, I ask, where's Brahms? Listeners are directed to any number of David Oistrakh's supreme recordings including Brahms: Violin Concerto; Mozart: Sinfonia, or David Oistrakh. The double concerto with Janos Starker, on the other hand, fares much better; there's more of a dynamic approach to the music, more Brahmsian muscle.

If my first exposure to Claudio Arrau was through listening to either of the Brahms piano concertos included this set, I would probably conclude that his reputation for stodginess and overstatement was well-deserved. Fortunately, the many great Arrau recordings in my collection prove otherwise. In any event, I've never taken to Arrau's drawn-out treatment of the First concerto - not his relaxed EMI recording with Giulini and especially not this recording with Haitink which is even flabbier. The conception is meant to be a fusion of poetry and grandeur, which is fitting for this concerto which is more like a symphony with piano, however, there is almost none of the drama or youthful ardor that should be present here, just a series of almost congenial sounding episodes that build up a little tension which quickly dissipates. Both Rubinstein-Reiner and Gilels-Jochum adopt similar approaches, and while Rubinstein's is definitely preferable, his recording still misses the mark. My first choice for a great Brahms D minor is Leon Fleisher's classic recording with Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra followed by Rudolf Serkin's, also with Szell: Leon Fleisher Plays Brahms; or Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Schumann: Introduction & Allegro.

Arrau's reading of the Brahms Second concerto fares somewhat better, but it doesn't begin to compare to his live recordings, especially his 1963 performance with Alexander Gibson and the Scottish National Orchestra: Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Schubert: Three Piano Pieces, D946. Here Arrau delivers a propulsive reading that's everything his studio recordings aren't - huge weight, iron-like structure, and technical brilliance. It's my first choice for the Brahms Second (even with mono sound), followed by Serkin's recording with Szell: Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2. (I would add that Fleisher's Brahms package on Sony includes the B flat major concerto, and while his reading has many admirers I find it underpowered, especially compared to his magnificent D minor.)

One can hardly expect to be satisfied with everything in this package given that there are seven discs covering fourteen large scale works, however, there is some glorious playing here recorded in uniformly good sound. This set is worth the price for the symphonies, double concerto and orchestral miscellanea alone especially if you can pick it up from an amazon reseller, like I did, for just over twenty bucks.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Value for a Very Good Collection 10 July 2013
By Stewart Craig - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for a Brahms only collection, especially the symphonies and piano concertos, but inexpensive. I am a classical music lover, but no music critic, so I wanted quality recordings but not so concerned with specific performances, conductors, orchestras, and the like. This has everything I wanted, including a few other works that I like but hadn't thought about such as the Academic and Tragic Overtures, and the 7 discs came in a nice compact package.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a grand bargain 11 Jan. 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
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Seven discs for under $25.00 by a conductor who's always reliable and often much better than that -- and in good analogue sound too? What's not to like? My point isn't that this is all the Brahms you need to own, but all of the performances here are thoughtful and well-played and provide good bases of comparison with other performances. It's fascinating to compare Haitink's symphonies with Abbado's or Klemperer's. Arrau's performances of the piano concertos are interesting to hear in relation to his own earlier performances with Guilini or to Kovacevich's with Sawallisch or, of course, Gilels's with Jochum. Szerying and Starker give a really good account of the Double Concerto that will stand against anybody's, and Szerying's Violin Concerto performance is interesting to contrast with Oistrakh/Szell. Some of the other reviewers of this set give their own detailed comparisons that I find very interesting and well-worth reading, but even where I might agree about the "weaknesses" of some accounts here -- and I think that's much too loaded a word; all of the performances here are worthy -- I wouldn't let that stop you from adding this to your collection. Another plus -- both serenades are included. Recordings of these aren't all that thick on the ground, and these ones are nicely turned.
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