Brahms Beloved Vol.2 | Telarc TEL3465902

Brahms Beloved Vol.2

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Cat No: TEL3465902

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 21st July 2014



John Axelrod returns to the podium and the piano to complete his much admired cycle of Brahms symphonies and Clara Schumann songs - joined for this volume by celebrated soprano Dame Felicity Lott and distinguished Lieder specialist Wolfgang Holzmair.

This is 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.

Volume 1 stimulated 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 an insightful booklet essay by Jan Swafford, author of a 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 the two final 'Claras', the great Lieder singers Dame Felicity Lott and Wolfgang Holzmair (for the more masculine side of Clara).

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.

John Axelrod is also Music Director of the Orchestre National des Pays et des Loire. A former pupil of Leonard Bernstein, he is one of today’s most in-demand conductors.

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