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Brahms Beloved II: Symphonies 1 & 3; Clara Schumann Lieder / Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone; Dame Felicity Lott, soprano

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
>Schumann, Clara W. : Volkslied ("Es fiel ein Reif in der Fruhlingsnacht"), for voice & piano
>Schumann, Clara W. : Sie liebten sich beide, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/2
>Schumann, Clara W. : Warum willst du and're fragen, song for voice & piano, Op. 12/11
>Schumann, Clara W. : Mein Stern ("O du mein Stern"), song for voice & piano
>Schumann, Robert : Gute Nacht ("Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage"), part song for mixed voices, Op. 59/4
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
>Schumann, Clara W. : Das Veilchen ("Ein Veilchen auf der Wiese stand'), song for voice & piano
>Schumann, Clara W. : Loreley ("Ich weiss' nicht was soll es bedeuten"), song for voice & piano
>Schumann, Clara W. : Ich hab' in deinem Auge, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/5
>Schumann, Clara W. : Beim Abschied ("Purpurgluten leuchten ferne"), for voice & piano
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The second and final volume of "Brahms Beloved", in which conductor John Axelrod pairs the Brahms symphonies (in this set, the First and the Third) with songs by his muse, Clara Schumann, will be released by Telarc on July 22, 2014. Volume 1 inspired healthy debate among Brahmsians as to how deeply enmeshed the presence of Clara is in the songs of the man who always had a love for her, and this volume takes the discussion further with a fascinating booklet essay by Jan Swafford, author of the standard-reference Brahms biography.

Keeping with the idea of using different voice-types for each 'set' of Clara's songs, the better to explore the notion of different sides of their composer's character, this volume introduces our two final "Claras," the great Lieder singers Dame Felicity Lott and, for the more masculine side of Clara, Wolfgang Holzmair. The orchestra is again the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, of which John Axelrod is Principal Conductor, and Axelrod once more does double-duty as conductor and pianist.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The recorded sound is quite good, warm and atmospheric in the symphonies. It is well engineered and listenable. No such problem with the sound in the songs.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: John Axelrod
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
  • Notes: Auditorium di Milano, Italy (10/25/2013-10/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 50 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Clara W. : Volkslied ("Es fiel ein Reif in der Frühlingsnacht"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (10/06/2013-10/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1840

>Schumann, Clara W. : Sie liebten sich beide, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/2
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (10/06/2013-10/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/08/1842

>Schumann, Clara W. : Warum willst du and're fragen, song for voice & piano, Op. 12/11
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (10/06/2013-10/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/08/1841

>Schumann, Clara W. : Mein Stern ("O du mein Stern"), song for voice & piano
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (10/06/2013-10/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1846

>Schumann, Robert : Gute Nacht ("Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage"), part song for mixed voices, Op. 59/4
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (10/06/2013-10/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
  • Conductor: John Axelrod
  • Notes: Auditorium di Milano, Italy (12/13/2013-12/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1883
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Clara W. : Das Veilchen ("Ein Veilchen auf der Wiese stand'), song for voice & piano
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (10/06/2013-10/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/07/1853

>Schumann, Clara W. : Sie liebten sich beide, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/2
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (10/06/2013-10/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/08/1842

>Schumann, Clara W. : Loreley ("Ich weiss' nicht was soll es bedeuten"), song for voice & piano
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (10/06/2013-10/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1843

>Schumann, Clara W. : Ich hab' in deinem Auge, song for voice & piano, Op. 13/5
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (10/06/2013-10/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1843

>Schumann, Clara W. : Beim Abschied ("Purpurgluten leuchten ferne"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: John Axelrod (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (10/06/2013-10/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1846