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Brahms: Secular Vocal Quartets with Piano, Vol. 2 - Liebeslieder Waltzes, Opp. 52 & 65; Gesange, Op. 42 & 104 / Norddeutscher Figuralchor

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Neue Liebeslieder waltzes, (15) for voices & piano 4 hands, Op. 65
>Brahms, Johannes : Gesänge (5) for vocal sextet, Op. 104
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (3) for chorus, Op. 42
>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder Waltzes (18) for piano, 4 hands, Op. 52a
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Liebeslieder-Walzer became a sales hit already during the Brahms' lifetime - which is hardly surprising when one listens to this new recording with the Norddeutscher Figuralchor led by the conductor Jörg Straube!

The rich vocal resources available to Jörg Straube in his Figuralchor enable him to have some of the love songs performed in solo form - which precisely in the second series represents a genuine gain, since its pieces are often set for one or two voices. The vocal ensemble also demonstrates its outstanding quality in the complementary a cappella works; just listen to the "Abendständchen" which with its modal elements and open fifths conjures up a genuinely archaic atmosphere!

Great complexity clearly marks the design of the Five Songs op. 104. In these songs of up to six voices Brahms is shown at the zenith of his creativity. The Norddeutscher Figuralchor masters the demanding scores with bravura, and the nobly nuanced mixing on Super Audio CD produces an atmosphere of stunning naturalness.



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Neue Liebeslieder waltzes, (15) for voices & piano 4 hands, Op. 65
  • Performers: Markus Bellheim (Piano); Haruhi Sato (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jörg Straube
  • Ensemble: Norddeutscher Figuralchor
  • Running Time: 15 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Gesänge (5) for vocal sextet, Op. 104
  • Performers: Markus Bellheim (Piano); Haruhi Sato (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jörg Straube
  • Running Time: 12 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1888

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (3) for chorus, Op. 42
  • Performers: Markus Bellheim (Piano); Haruhi Sato (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jörg Straube
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859-1861

>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder Waltzes (18) for piano, 4 hands, Op. 52a
  • Performers: Markus Bellheim (Piano); Haruhi Sato (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jörg Straube
  • Running Time: 19 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1874