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Brahms: Orchestral Serenades / Chailly, Gewandhausorchester

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Serenade for orchestra no 1 in D major, Op. 11
>Brahms, Johannes : Serenade for orchestra no 2 in A major, Op. 16
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following the 'Gramophone Record of the Year' award-winning set of the Brahms Symphonies, Riccardo Chailly turns his "rare talent for transforming music ripe for rediscovery" to Brahms's Serenades. This exquisite recording renews these unjustly neglected works and marks their first Decca recording since 1968. Part of a wider Brahms project by Chailly and his Leipzig orchestra, these works emerge not just as precursors of the symphonies but powerful and individual works in their own right.

The Guardian, 19th February 2015
[Chailly] never imposes symphonic weight on music that simply wasn't designed for it, nor does he ever drive it too intensely: he allows it to follow its own course...the phrasing of the Leipzig wind, and the suaveness of the strings, are constant delights. These might not be among Brahms' greatest works, but it is hard to imagine how they could be performed more authoritatively.

The Times, 13th February 2015
Bliss beckons immediately in the opening horn solo in the D major Serenade, op 11 - the first of the album's multiple showcases for the mellifluously earthy Gewandhaus winds and brass...When coloured and polished with Chailly's electrifying finesse, the results are beyond adorable.

Fanfare Magazine
Chailly brings a completely charming rustic swagger to the very opening of the first Serenade, with a kind of peasant-dance lilt...That's not to say there's any lack of refinement...It's difficult to think of performers who are more at home in this kind of music than Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester: enchanting from start to finish!

Financial Times, 28th February 2015
Chailly treats us to glinting textures, rhythmic clarity, and high-quality musicianship.

Sunday Times, 1st March 2015
Lightness of texture and wit (and generally fast tempi) counterbalance symphonic weight in the outer movements of both works. It's hard to imagine finer Brahms interpretation - a glorious pendant to Chailly's Gewandhaus cycle of the four symphonies.

The Telegraph, 22nd February 2015
The Leipzig Gewandhaus, an orchestra that Brahms himself conducted, has incontrovertible links with this sort of repertoire, but here that tradition is coupled with innovation. Chailly, while respecting and drawing upon the distinctive facets of the orchestra's sound, invests it with a vital impulse and exuberance.


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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Serenade for orchestra no 1 in D major, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Ensemble: Gewandhausorchester
  • Running Time: 38 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Brahms, Johannes : Serenade for orchestra no 2 in A major, Op. 16
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Notes: Composition written: 1857-60.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1860