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Brahms: Symphony no 1, etc / Gardiner, et al

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Begräbnisgesang ("Nun lasst uns den Leib"), for 5-voice chorus, winds & timpani ("Funeral Hymn"), Op
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sacred Pieces (3), Op. 23
>Brahms, Johannes : Schicksalslied, Op. 54
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following on from John Eliot Gardiner's critically acclaimed recordings of the symphonies of Beethoven and Schumann, SDG offers the first disc in a new series exploring the music of Johannes Brahms. Recorded live, these series will showcase the four symphonies and Brahms' major choral works. Brahms' large-scale music is brimful of vigor, drama and a driving passion - says John Eliot Gardiner in his introductory notes. One way to release these characteristics is for the conductor to set his symphonies in the context of his own superb and often neglected choral music, and that of the old masters he particularly cherished and studied and of recent heroes of his. This way, says Gardiner, we are able to gain a new perspective on his symphonic compositions, drawing attention to the intrinsic vocality at the heart of his writing for orchestra.

Sunday Times
The singing of the Monteverdians is luminous.

The Independent on Sunday
[D]ynamic, astringent: admirably transparent in its textures and super-sweet in Peter Hanson's violin solo at the close of the "Andante sostenuto.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Begräbnisgesang ("Nun lasst uns den Leib"), for 5-voice chorus, winds & timpani ("Funeral Hymn"), Op
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
  • Notes: Royal Festival Hall, London; Salle Pleyel, Paris, France (10/28/2007/10/29/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1858
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sacred Pieces (3), Op. 23
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
  • Notes: Royal Festival Hall, London; Salle Pleyel, Paris, France (10/28/2007/10/29/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/20/1830
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Schicksalslied, Op. 54
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
  • Notes: Royal Festival Hall, London; Salle Pleyel, Paris, France (10/28/2007/10/29/2007)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1871
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
  • Notes: Royal Festival Hall, London; Salle Pleyel, Paris, France (10/28/2007/10/29/2007)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live