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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00E6G23TA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - 1. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro - Meno allegroGewandhausorchester Leipzig15:26£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - 2. Andante sostenutoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - 3. Un poco allegretto e graziosoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - 4. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio - Piu allegroGewandhausorchester Leipzig15:39£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F, Op.90 - 1. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo IGewandhausorchester Leipzig11:43£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F, Op.90 - 2. AndanteGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F, Op.90 - 3. Poco allegrettoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 6:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F, Op.90 - 4. AllegroGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:15£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 - 1. Allegro non troppoGewandhausorchester Leipzig17:48£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 - 2. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma graziosoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 - 3. Allegretto grazioso ( Quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assaiGewandhausorchester Leipzig 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 - 4. Allegro con spiritoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 1. Allegro non troppoGewandhausorchester Leipzig11:56£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 2. Andante moderatoGewandhausorchester Leipzig10:42£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brahms: Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 3. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo IGewandhausorchester Leipzig 5:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brahms: Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 4. Allegro energico e passionato - Più allegroGewandhausorchester Leipzig 9:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brahms: Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98 - 1. Alternative openingGewandhausorchester Leipzig0:46£0.39  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81Gewandhausorchester Leipzig12:45£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Fantasias (7 Piano Pieces), Op.116 - Arr. Paul Klengel - No.4 - Intermezzo in E majorGewandhausorchester Leipzig 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Intermezzi, Op.117 - Arr. Paul Klengel - No.1 - Intermezzo in E flat majorGewandhausorchester Leipzig 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Theme: "Chorale St. Antoni"Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 1:53£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation I: Poco più animatoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 1:13£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation II: Più vivaceGewandhausorchester Leipzig0:53£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation III: Con motoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 1:38£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation IV: Andante con motoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 1:55£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation V: VivaceGewandhausorchester Leipzig0:50£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation VI: VivaceGewandhausorchester Leipzig 1:04£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation VII: GraziosoGewandhausorchester Leipzig 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Variation VIII: Presto Non TroppoGewandhausorchester Leipzig0:59£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a - Finale: AndanteGewandhausorchester Leipzig 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Orchestral Version - No.1Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 1:11£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Orchestral Version - No.2Gewandhausorchester Leipzig0:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Orchestral Version - No.4Gewandhausorchester Leipzig0:42£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Orchestral Version - No.6Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Orchestral Version - No.5Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 1:42£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Brahms: Neue Liebeslieder Waltzer, Op.65 - Orchestral Version - No.9Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 1:25£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Orchestral Version - No.11Gewandhausorchester Leipzig0:51£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Orchestral Version - No.8Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 1:25£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Orchestral Version - No.9Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68 - Original First Performance Version - 1. AndanteGewandhausorchester Leipzig 8:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 9:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.1 In C MinorGewandhausorchester Leipzig 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.3 In FGewandhausorchester Leipzig 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.10 In FGewandhausorchester Leipzig 1:53£0.39  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Following the 2011 landmark Beethoven cycle, Riccardo Chailly returns with a recording of the complete Brahms symphonies and orchestral works including the overtures and Haydn Variations.

Rarities include world premiere recordings of two piano intermezzi orchestrated by Paul Klengel (brother of the Gewandhaus long-standing principal cellist Julius Klengel); the 9 Liebeslieder waltzes; the original first performance version of the Andante of Symphony No. 1 and the even rarer revised opening of the Fourth Symphony.

Chailly has radically rethought his approach to these works, re-examining the scores and returning to the recorded interpretations of a generation of conductors alive during Brahms lifetime, principally Felix Weingartner and one of his Gewandhaus predecessors Bruno Walter.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Robert Roy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Oct 2013
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The long awaited 'new' set of the Brahms symphonies from Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra are finally here! Having lived with them for a fortnight now I can confirm the wait has been well worth it. Of course, one takes the musical and technical virtuosity of the orchestra for granted but, here, the Gewandhaus Orchestra surpass themselves.

So what of Chailly? Well, the generic word that comes to mind regarding tempi is 'flowing'. The days of heavy, glutinous Brahms is, hopefully, a thing of the past and most 'modern' conductors such as Rattle and the younger Chailly refuse to get stuck in the mud whilst eating suet pudding after a heavy roast beef dinner!

There is also passion aplenty at climaxes, notably the first movement of the Fourth Symphony and the end of the Second Symphony. There is glory aplenty in the First Symphony with perhaps the most moving solo oboe and violin playing I have ever heard in this beautiful movement. The Third Symphony, possibly the most difficult of the four to bring to life, is here given a truly golden performance where the third movement really glows.

The 'extras' are terrific too. The 'Haydn' Variations are given lots of character (another difficult work to both play and conduct) and there are little extras such as Brahms's first thoughts to the very beginning of the Fourth Symphony. A few seconds to be sure but a tiny insight into this most meticulous of composers working methods.

The presentation is, as one would expect from Decca, first rate with excellent notes and photos. If this appeals, don't hesitate.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Entartete Musik on 7 Oct 2013
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Some people think that Brahms was an unfeeling reactionary. With his beard, paunch and pipe, he certainly looks anything but cut and thrust. Schoenberg, on the other hand, called him the 'progressive'. And it's in that radical spirit that Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig perform his finest orchestral works on this new three-disc set.

Chailly puts into action what he describes as Brahms's 'new universe of sound', the complexity of which 'is even above Mahler and Bruckner'. Certainly Chailly is keen to let us hear those layers, though he's also unstinting in delivering real emotion impact. This is Brahms the true Romantic and the proto-Modernist.

It is well known that Brahms struggled even to start his First Symphony, let alone complete it, so haunted was he by the enormity of following in Beethoven's footsteps. He eventually overcame those doubts and instead flaunted the Austro-Germanic symphonic heritage in the C minor-major dialectic of the work. Following their own recent survey of Beethoven, Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester bring fresh attack to Brahms's homage. Chailly errs on the fast, though it pay dividends. Underpinned by tenacious timpani, the first movement presents a gripping struggle.

The middle movements are naturally more relaxed, though the first movement's tenacity comes through again in the chorale in the Andante and the third movement's budding premonitions of glory. Answering that foretaste, the Finale does not disappoint. Following a full-voiced horn call - with more than a dose of Siegfried - the C major theme has both nobility and resolve (so different from Jansons' recent back-footed approach). Throughout we're treated to lavish sound and gritty determination which then boil over in a thrilling coda.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fred Porlock on 1 Oct 2014
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The first thing to say is that this recording sounds tremendous, thanks both to wonderfully lucid engineering that allows you to hear almost everything and to the sound of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Those who heard the orchestra at the 2014 Proms will not be surprised to be told this. The principal oboe plays ravishingly, if with rather a lot of notes not fully centred in pitch. The next thing to say is that these are among the fastest Brahms symphonies on record; in six well-known cycles for which I have the timings, Chailly is the quickest in ten of the sixteen movements, allowing for the fact that he takes the first-movement repeats. My guess is that this approach stems from Chailly’s recent encounters with Beethoven, in which he has adopted a Rattle-like approach “informed” by “period style”. Those who dislike Brahms’s epic seriousness will probably approve, and the results are certainly bracing. The first movement of the Second Symphony sounds as if it is being done in one-in-a-bar, and the Third in two-in-a-bar. For me much of it is too rushed, and I felt at the end of several movements as if I had been jostled and harried along. The end of the First Symphony is an undignified sprint. The woodwind sound distinctly flurried in the second subject of the Third. The slow movement of the Second is lightweight; indeed the 12/8 section sounds like light music by Elgar. The third movement of the Third is very beautiful indeed (a fabulous diminuendo at one point), and the driving tempo of the finale is convincing, but there is insufficient relaxation into the sunlit glow of the ending. Here and elsewhere the music risks sounding perfunctory.Read more ›
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