Brahms - Serenades, Overtures, Haydn Variations | Brilliant Classics 95073BR

Brahms - Serenades, Overtures, Haydn Variations

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95073BR

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 20th April 2015

Contents

Artists

Dresdner Philharmonie
London Symphony Orchestra
Berliner Sinfonie‐Orchester

Conductors

Heinz Bongartz
Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
Gunter Herbig

Works

Brahms, Johannes

Academic Festival Overture, op.80
Serenade no.1 in D major, op.11
Serenade no.2 in A major, op.16
Tragic Overture, op.81
Variations on a theme by Haydn, op.56a 'St Anthony Variations'

Artists

Dresdner Philharmonie
London Symphony Orchestra
Berliner Sinfonie‐Orchester

Conductors

Heinz Bongartz
Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
Gunter Herbig

About

This release brings together Brahmsí symphonic works, excepting his symphonies: the two Serenades, brimming with youthful energy and feeling, the magnificent Haydn variations and the two popular overtures, the Tragic and the 'feel good' Academic Festival Overture.

Despite numerous recordings, it is still worth gazing back into time a little and alighting on these 1960s East German recordings of the composerís 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 Brucknerís 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 composerís sunny side, even if clouds are never far away.

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