Brahms Beloved: Symphonies nos 2 & 4; Clara Schumann: Songs / Nicole Cabell, Indra Thomas

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Am Strande ("Traurig schau ich von der Klippe"), for voice & piano
>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Lieder (6), Op. 13
>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Der Abendstern ("Bist du denn wirklich so fern"), for voice & piano
>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Four songs by Friederich Rückert, Op. 12
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Liebeszauber ("Die Liebe saá als Nachtigall"), song for voice & piano, Op. 13/3
>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Der Mond kommt still gegangen, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4
>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Auf einem grunen Hugel, song for voice & piano (Lieder aus Jucunde), Op. 23/4
>Schumann, Clara Wieck : O Lust, O Lust, song for voice & piano (Lieder aus Jucunde), Op. 23/6
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

John Axelrod has recorded unique Brahms symphonies + Clara Schumann Lieder cycle, exploring the symphonies as four sides of the woman with whom Brahms was obsessed. In a fascinating new concept, John Axelrod (2012 ICMA Award winner and winner of the ResMusica "Best Classical CD of 2012") is to spearhead a exploration of the relationship between Brahms and the woman he loved, Clara Schumann, as depicted in their music. "If you listen to the Brahms symphonies," says Axelrod, "each of them seems to inhabit a completely different, though connected, character. Then, if you listen to the songs of Clara Schumann, they also fall clearly into a very similar four moods. I believe that Clara's own personality is in those songs, and so if that is true, it is also possible to think of the four Brahms symphonies as portraits of Clara - four different aspects of her."

To explore this idea, this double CD will - for the first time - pair a Brahms symphony with its 'matching' set of Clara's Lieder. And to illustrate it further, there will be four different world-class singers as Clara, each a different voice-type - a fitting project to start in 2013, the 180th anniversary year of Brahms's birth. This CD of Symphonies 2 & 4 will feature renowned sopranos Nicole Cabell and Indra Thomas singing the songs of Clara Schumann. As an American conductor, Axelrod believes strongly too in the universality of Brahms, so has chosen non-Germanic forces. In the symphonies he will conduct the Italian, Grammy Award-winning Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. The producer for the recording is multiple Grammy Award winner Michael Fine, and fellow Grammy-winner Wolf Dieter Karwatky is engineer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium di Milano, Italy (05/01/2013-05/05/2013); Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/01/2013-05/05/2013); Auditorium di Milano, Italy (2013-03-12_2013-03-17&2013-); Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (2013-03-12_2013-03-17&2013-).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
  • Conductor: John Axelrod
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
  • Notes: Auditorium di Milano, Italy (06/15/2013-06/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1885
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Am Strande ("Traurig schau ich von der Klippe"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Indra Thomas (Soprano); John Axelrod (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/01/2013-05/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1840

>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Lieder (6), Op. 13
  • Performers: Indra Thomas (Soprano); John Axelrod (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/01/2013-05/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1840

>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Der Abendstern ("Bist du denn wirklich so fern"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Indra Thomas (Soprano); John Axelrod (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/01/2013-05/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1830-33

>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Lieder (6), Op. 13
  • Performers: Indra Thomas (Soprano); John Axelrod (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/01/2013-05/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1842

>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Four songs by Friederich Rückert, Op. 12
  • Performers: Indra Thomas (Soprano); John Axelrod (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/01/2013-05/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/08/1841

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
  • Conductor: John Axelrod
  • Notes: Auditorium di Milano, Italy (03/12/2013-03/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1877
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Four songs by Friederich Rückert, Op. 12
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/01/2013-05/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/08/1841

>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Liebeszauber ("Die Liebe saá als Nachtigall"), song for voice & piano, Op. 13/3
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/01/2013-05/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/08/1842

>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Der Mond kommt still gegangen, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/4
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/01/2013-05/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1842

>Schumann, Clara Wieck : Auf einem grünen Hügel, song for voice & piano (Lieder aus Jucunde), Op. 23/4
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/01/2013-05/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/16/1853

>Schumann, Clara Wieck : O Lust, O Lust, song for voice & piano (Lieder aus Jucunde), Op. 23/6
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (05/01/2013-05/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/19/1853