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Brahms: String Sextets Nos. 1 & 2 [CD]

Johannes Brahms , Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble Audio CD
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  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000ARG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. String Sextet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18: I. Allegro ma non troppo14:37Album Only
Listen  2. String Sextet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18: II. Andante ma moderato 9:58Album Only
Listen  3. String Sextet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18: III. Scherzo: Allegro molto - Trio: Animato 2:56£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Sextet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18: IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso10:13Album Only
Listen  5. String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36: I. Allegro non troppo14:29Album Only
Listen  6. String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36: II. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo - Presto giocoso - Tempo primo 7:25£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36: III. Adagio 9:22Album Only
Listen  8. String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36: IV. Poco allegro 8:52Album Only


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virile lyricism 11 April 2010
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I am surprised to find no previous reviews for this lovely disc; it was warmly received on its appearance in 1993 and has been a favourite of mine since I first looked for a CD replacement for the excellent "Classics for Pleasure" issue on LP.

Listening to, and reviewing, the 'Cello Sonatas prompted to return to it and I was not disappointed. I should hardly have been surprised by the energy, attack and precision of the playing given that the chamber ensemble is made up of members of the Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields headed by the estimable Kenneth Sillito, but it's always a pleasure to find that a recording is as good as one remembers. The 1992 recording, made at Snape Maltings, is full and rich with something of the hall ambience about it.

This is comparatively early Brahms but already evincing his trademark characteristics: a warm, virile lyricism alternating with bitter-sweet melancholy and heroic determination. The scrupulous craftsmanship is there, too: Brahms makes much of the variations of the noble theme in the slow movement of No. 1 and in the first movement of No. 2, the recurring ascending figure which spells out "AGADHE" (in German notation), i.e "Agathe" - the name of the woman whose engagement he broke off - is exploited in masterly fashion. Tempi, phrasing and intonation seem ideal to me - one to buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brahms:String Sextets Nos. 1 & 2 29 July 2013
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This was to replace an ancient recording with Isaac Stern, Pablo Casels, et.al. This was the film music to a wonderful film with Jeanne Moreau "Les Amants". The CD you sent was good, but not great. The Stern/Casels is out of circulation, deserves to be located and re-issued.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars two sublime sextets 28 April 2000
By paul brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have heard many recordings of the Brahms string sextets, and this is by far the best interpretation I have encountered. Brahms's signature sound -- lyrical, masculine, Germanic, unique -- infuses every phrase. Tempo and dynamics are exceptional, as is the always-important sense that we are listening to a single performer. This is harder to achieve with a sextet than with a quartet, but the players sound like one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virile lyricism 11 April 2010
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This lovely disc was warmly received on its appearance in 1993 and has been a favourite of mine since I first looked for a CD replacement for the excellent "Classics for Pleasure" issue on LP.

Listening to, and reviewing, the 'Cello Sonatas prompted to return to it and I was not disappointed. I should hardly have been surprised by the energy, attack and precision of the playing given that the chamber ensemble is made up of members of the Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields headed by the estimable Kenneth Sillito, but it's always a pleasure to find that a recording is as good as one remembers. The 1992 recording, made at Snape Maltings, is full and rich with something of the hall ambience about it - I have no idea why a previous reviewer complains about a "swimming pool acoustic."

This is comparatively early Brahms but already evincing his trademark characteristics: a warm, virile lyricism alternating with bitter-sweet melancholy and heroic determination. The scrupulous craftsmanship is there, too: Brahms makes much of the variations of the noble theme in the slow movement of No. 1 and in the first movement of No. 2, the recurring ascending figure which spells out "AGADHE" (in German notation), i.e "Agathe" - the name of the woman whose engagement he broke off - is exploited in masterly fashion. Tempi, phrasing and intonation seem ideal to me - one to buy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to add it to my collection! 29 May 2013
By brotagonist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These string sextets, thought to have been written as preparatory exercises to the string quartet, thus extend Brahms' sparse output for string quartet. Happy to add it to my collection!
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful recording 3 Oct 2012
By Kate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This purchase was made to replace a disc I misplaced/lost, and the recording and music are fabulous. Glad I was able to replace the disc, glad Amazon.com had the disc.
2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfactory 21 April 2008
By Dermot Elworthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps I have been unlucky and acquired a CD not typical of the Chandos production quality but my copy is dreadful. The second movement of the B flat Sextet sounds like La Folia being played in the deep end of a swimming pool.

Not good at all. The unda maris affects aside, the performers seem to do well with what, by Brahms's standards, is rather indifferent material more in the vein of Louis Spohr than the mature Johannes Brahms.
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