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Brahms: Serenades 1 and 2; Overtures; Haydn Variations / Fruhbeck de Burgos, Herbig, Bongartz

Audio Samples

  1. Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: I. Allegro molto
  2. Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: II. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: III. Adagio non troppo
  4. Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: IV. Menuetto I & II $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: V. Scherzo. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11: VI. Rondo. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Academic Festival Overture in C Minor, Op. 80
  8. Tragic Overture in D Minor, Op. 81
  9. Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-Flat Major, Op. 56a: Theme. Andante $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-Flat Major, Op. 56a: Variation I. Poco più animato $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-Flat Major, Op. 56a: Variation II. più vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-Flat Major, Op. 56a: Variation III. Con moto $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-Flat Major, Op. 56a: Variation IV. Andante con moto $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-Flat Major, Op. 56a: Variation V. Vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-Flat Major, Op. 56a: Variation VI. Vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-Flat Major, Op. 56a: Variation VII. Grazioso $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-Flat Major, Op. 56a: Variation VIII. Presto non troppo $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-Flat Major, Op. 56a: Finale. Andante $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16: I. Allegro moderato $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16: II. Scherzo. Vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16: III. Adagio non troppo $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16: IV. Quasi menuetto $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16: V. Rondo. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Serenade for orchestra no 1 in D major, Op. 11
>Brahms, Johannes : Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80
>Brahms, Johannes : Tragic Overture, Op. 81
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a "St. Anthony"
>Brahms, Johannes : Serenade for orchestra no 2 in A major, Op. 16
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Notes & Reviews:

"I was in a perfectly blissful mood. I have seldom written music with such delight." Thus Brahms, notorious curmudgeon, to his friend Joseph Joachim, while engaged in his standard practice of arranging larger works - in this case the Second Serenade - for domestic consumption in the form of piano duet. In those days such arrangements were the means by which most people could appreciate the music of Brahms and indeed anyone else, but now that we have an embarrassment of riches from which to choose, it is still worth gazing back into time a little and alighting on these 60s East German recordings of the composer's two early attempts both to avoid and embrace symphonic scale composition in the company of the still under-rated Heinz Bongartz. As his legendary Leipzig recording of Bruckner's Sixth ably demonstrates, Bongartz never let the grandeur of the Austro-German tradition get in the way of making the music sing. Born in 1894, he overlapped Brahms by four years, and the sense of a heritage tells in these still-vivid recordings made with the orchestra of which he was the founding music director. In 1992 Gramophone remarked of Gunter Herbig that he is a "wise and experienced" Brahmsian, virtues appreciable in these Berlin recordings of works which, like the Serenades, show the composer's sunny side, even if clouds are never far away.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (1989).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Serenade for orchestra no 1 in D major, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Heinz Bongartz
  • Ensemble: Dresden Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 51 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Brahms, Johannes : Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80
  • Conductor: Rafae Frühbeck de Burgos
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1879

>Brahms, Johannes : Tragic Overture, Op. 81
  • Conductor: Günther Herbig
  • Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880-1881

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a "St. Anthony"
  • Conductor: Günther Herbig
  • Running Time: 17 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Brahms, Johannes : Serenade for orchestra no 2 in A major, Op. 16
  • Conductor: Heinz Bongartz
  • Notes: Composition written: 1857-60.
  • Running Time: 31 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1860