ABBADO - BRAHMS

ABBADO · BRAHMS

Complete Symphonies
Serenades
Overtures
Vocal Works
Claudio Abbado
Marjana Lipovsek
Ernst-Senff-Chor
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Berliner Philharmoniker
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Int. Release 19 May. 2014
5 CDs
0289 479 3192 8


Track List

CD 1: Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Gesang der Parzen, Symphony No.1 Op.68

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Academic Festival Overture, Op.80

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Rundfunkchor Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Symphony No.1 in C Minor, Op. 68

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:08:06

CD 2: Brahms: Symphony No.2 Op.73

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Rhapsody for Alto, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op.53

Marjana Lipovsek, Ernst Senff Chor, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Symphony No. 2 In D Major, Op. 73

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 59:01

CD 3: Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op.81; Schicksalslied, Op.54; Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Ernst Senff Chor, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Symphony No. 3 In F Major, Op. 90

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:07:17

CD 4: Brahms: Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Op.56a; Nanie, Op.82; Symphony No.4, Op.98

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado, Rundfunkchor Berlin

Symphony No. 4 In E Minor, Op. 98

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:13:33

CD 5: Brahms: Serenades Nos.1 & 2

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Serenade No.1 in D Major, Op.11

Claudio Abbado, Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Claudio Abbado, Natalia Gutman

Claudio Abbado, Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Claudio Abbado, Natalia Gutman, Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Claudio Abbado, Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Claudio Abbado, Natalia Gutman, Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Serenade No.2 in A Major, Op.16

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:22:07

It is a fabulous set, a true tribute to one of the great conductors of our age . . . one of the greatest Brahms' symphony cycles of all time . . . [the "Academic Festival Overture"] features some fabulous playing . . . this is world-class . . . ["Gesang der Parzen"]: the singing is superb . . . [Brahms 1]: It carries tremendous weight, and the orchestral contributions are astounding . . . [the Berlin strings are] typically fabulous . . . it is some of the most beautiful [Brahms] . . . Disc two features a gloriously played and sung "Alto Rhapsody" and a wonderful Symphony no. 2 . . . Abbado is again able to manage orchestral balances with genuine care . . . in all respects this is world-class music making . . . [Brahms 3]: It's a masterful account . . . There are numerous personal touches that really do make all the difference; note the effortless ebb and flow of the first movement, or the unusually cogent finale . . . the "Haydn Variations" are excellent, less episodic than usual and wonderfully played . . . the Symphony no. 4 ends the cycle in a satisfying fashion. As before, the entire orchestra is exceptional, and Abbado's pacing and interpretive choices seem ideal . . . the concept of this cycle -- including the choral works to go with the more common lighter fare -- is wholly successful . . . this sturdy and attractive little box is a real find for those who want to hear the conductor at his best in Berlin.

  • In tribute to Claudio Abbado's recent death on 20th January 2014, DG is delighted to release four mini boxes drawn from the extraordinary 41CD Symphony Edition -- dedicated to Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler and Mozart.