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Product details

  • 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 (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

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
  5. Berliner Philharmoniker

Disc: 5

  1. Serenade no. 1
  2. Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  3. Serenade no. 2
  4. Berliner Philharmoniker

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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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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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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest 20th-21st century conductors 18 Oct. 2016
By Robert Burns - Published on Amazon.com
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Claudio Abbado. One of the greatest 20th-21st century conductors. He finds things in the masterworks that others just miss. I don't usually like buying whole sets of particular composers but in this one and in his Mahler set with the BPO and Lucerne, I did in both cases and I didn't go wrong. There is something about Abbado's style which is compelling. He is not a conductor of extremes but he is also not afraid to ask for fortissimo when its called for, but he is not bombastic. Nor is he reticent. What he does always "fits." To me, Claudio Abbado was a well measured, thoughtful, searcher of "the moment" in every phrase and in every movement.

I'm not the greatest Brahms symphony fan (though I love his all choral works, many of which I sang in an earlier day) but these readings are worth having.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cycle. 19 April 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with others that this may be the best cycle of the last 30 years, if that's what's meant by "modern". I have both the Karajan and Solti sets as well, enjoy them all, but find myself listening to this one more and more frequently.
18 of 18 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.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 2 Aug. 2016
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I'm glad I bought this set.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 6 Sept. 2015
By Arthur Beer - Published on Amazon.com
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lovely tone but a bit slow
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