Brahms: The Symphonies / Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhaus Orchester

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
>Brahms, Johannes : Tragic Overture, Op. 81
>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a "St. Anthony"
>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52
>Brahms, Johannes : Neue Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 65
>Brahms, Johannes : Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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 Liebeslieer waltzes; the original first performance version of the Andante of Symphony N. 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.

Chailly's Brahms is highly regarded by leading critics.

In October/November 2013 Chailly and the Gewandhaus orchester will have residencies in London Paris and Vienna Leipzig to perform the complete Brahms symphonies and concertos.

Leonidas Kavakos and Riccardo Chailly have also specially recorded the Brahms Violin Concerto in Leipzig for release as a separate album due in October 13. Kavakos will perform the concerto in all four tour venues in October/November 2013 k- Leipzig; London; Paris & Vienna - as well as the Brahms Double Concerto.

The outstanding pedigree of the Chailly /Leipzig partnership in Brahms was last seen in the award-winning set of the piano concertos Chailly recorded with Nelson Freire, the Gramophone Recording of the Year 2007.

Financial Times, 26th October 2013
There's not a whiff of Germanic stodginess, but nor do you feel the music is being unnaturally pushed. Chailly's tempi, faster than 20th century tradition and always consistent within themselves, bring out the "classical" in Brahms, and the Leipzigers' performances - wonderfully lithe as well as meltingly lyrical - are a tonic.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
Dynamic and dramatic readings, faithful to Brahms's intentions. Powerfully conceived, they are rhythmically alert, without an ounce of undue sentiment and never for an instant losing sight of the scores' rock-solid architecture. The Gewandhaus players reward him with magnificent playing, alert and sumptuously rich in sound.

Sunday Times, 17th November 2013
Chailly achieves a refreshing clarity and vividness...Sometimes, I feel, clarity is achieved at the cost of lightening the bass too much. All in all, though, these are richly stimulating performances.

Musical Criticism
Chailly has worked well to create a style of interpretation which mixes the orchestra's 250-year-old tradition with thoroughly modern, historically informed practice. This made for no-nonsense, unstuffy, youthful Brahms.

The Daily Telegraph
Chailly is not a conductor too linger unnecessarily , and he injected the first movement with an uncommon surge and passion... the finale's fusion of structural grandeur and instrumental detail was conveyed with a masterly sense of direction and purpose.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Ensemble: Gewandhaus Orchester
  • Running Time: 43 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855-1876

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 34 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1883

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 39 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 37 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1885

>Brahms, Johannes : Tragic Overture, Op. 81
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 12 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880-1881

>Brahms, Johannes : Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a "St. Anthony"
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52 :: no 1
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52 :: no 2
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52 :: no 4
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52 :: no 6
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52 :: no 5
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Neue Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 65 :: no 9
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1877

>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52 :: no 11
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52 :: no 8
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52 :: no 9
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 43 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855-1876

>Brahms, Johannes : Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances :: Hungarian Dance no 1 in C minor
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances :: Hungarian Dance no 3 in F
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances :: Hungarian Dance no 10 in F
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic