Brahms Archive

Fabien Sevitzky: Indianapolis Symphony, Vol. 3 = Orchestral works by BRAHMS; DVORAK; ENESCU; KHACHATURIAN – Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra/ Fabien Sevitzky – Pristine Audio 

Fabien Sevitzky: Indianapolis Symphony, Vol. 3 = Orchestral works by BRAHMS; DVORAK; ENESCU; KHACHATURIAN – Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra/ Fabien Sevitzky – Pristine Audio 

A third volume of Fabien Sevitzky recordings brings us the conductor’s penchant for dance music, restored in vivid sound by Mark Obert-Thorn. Fabien Sevitzky: Indianapolis Symphony, Vol. 3 = BRAHMS: Hungarian Dances: No. 1 in g minor; No. 3 in F Major; No. 7 in F Major; DVORAK: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46: No. 8 in […]

Furtwängler conducts Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances = Orchestral works by LISZT; WAGNER; BRAHMS; SMETANA; TCHAIKOVSKY; STRAUSS – Vienna Phil. Orch./ Berlin Phil. Orch. / Wilhelm Furtwängler  – Praga Digitals 

Furtwängler conducts Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances = Orchestral works by LISZT; WAGNER; BRAHMS; SMETANA; TCHAIKOVSKY; STRAUSS – Vienna Phil. Orch./ Berlin Phil. Orch. / Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga Digitals 

Praga Digitals restores in stunning sound Wilhelm Furtwängler’s explorations into tone-poems and orchestral works that gain his sense of Romantic ardor. Furtwängler conducts Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances = LISZT: Les Preludes; WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll; BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a; SMETANA: The Moldau; TCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz and Finale from Serenade for Strings […]

Best Classical of 2017 – I

Best Classical of 2017 – I

Best of the Year Classical List for 2017 Recommendations by Steven Ritter Mahler: Symphony No. 8 – Mormon Tabernacle Choir/ Utah Symphony/ Thierry Fischer – Reference Recordings Spectacular, moving, and, well, what else do you need? Link to Review       GORDON GETTY: The Canterville Ghost – Oper Leipzig/ Gewandhausorchester/ Matthias Foremny – Pentatone […]

BRAHMS: Complete Symphonies – Vienna Philharmonic/ NBC Symphony Orchestra/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Bruno Walter – Pristine Audio 

BRAHMS: Complete Symphonies – Vienna Philharmonic/ NBC Symphony Orchestra/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Bruno Walter – Pristine Audio 

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68; Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73; Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90; Symphony No. 4 in e minor, Op. 98 – Vienna Philharmonic/ NBC Symphony Orchestra/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Bruno Walter – Pristine Audio PASC 512 (2 CDs) 2 hrs 30:15 [www.pristineclasical.com] […]

Kathleen Ferrier Remembered = Songs by SCHUBERT, BRAHMS, WOLF, MAHLER, STANFORD, RUBBRA, JACOBSON, PARRY – Kathleen Ferrier, contralto – SOMM Recordings 

Kathleen Ferrier Remembered = Songs by SCHUBERT, BRAHMS, WOLF, MAHLER, STANFORD, RUBBRA, JACOBSON, PARRY – Kathleen Ferrier, contralto – SOMM Recordings 

Kathleen Ferrier Remembered = Schubert: 9 Lieder; BRAHMS: 9 Lieder; WOLF: “Auf einer Wanderung”; MAHLER: “Urlicht” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn;  STANFORD: “La Belle Dame sans Merci”; RUBBRA: Three Psalms, Op. 61; JACOBSON: “Song of Songs”; PARRY: “Love is a bable,” Op. 152, No. 3 – Kathleen Ferrier, contralto/ Frederick Stone, Gerald Moore, and Bruno Walter, […]

Klavier 1853 = LISZT: Ballade No. 2; C. SCHUMANN: Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann; R. SCHUMANN: Gesaenge der Fruehe; BRAHMS: Piano Sonata No. 3 – Hyeyeon Park, piano – Blue Griffin 

Klavier 1853 = LISZT: Ballade No. 2; C. SCHUMANN: Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann; R. SCHUMANN: Gesaenge der Fruehe; BRAHMS: Piano Sonata No. 3 – Hyeyeon Park, piano – Blue Griffin 

Klavier 1853 = LISZT: Ballade No. 2 in b minor; C. SCHUMANN: Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann, Op. 20; R. SCHUMANN: Gesaenge der Fruehe, Op. 133; BRAHMS: Piano Sonata No. 3 in f minor, Op 5 – Hyeyeon Park, piano – Blue Griffin BG351, 77:00 (9/5/17) [Distr. by Albany] ****: Korean virtuoso Hyeyeon […]

The Verdehr Trio, “International Connections 2” = Violin, Clarinet, Piano trios by Nicolas BACRI; Yang LIQING; Peter DICKINSON;  Jonathan HARVEY; Wolfram WAGNER; Kam Kee YONG; Guido Lopez GAVILAN; Peter SCULTHORPE – Verdehr Trio – Crystal Records

The Verdehr Trio, “International Connections 2” = Violin, Clarinet, Piano trios by Nicolas BACRI; Yang LIQING; Peter DICKINSON;  Jonathan HARVEY; Wolfram WAGNER; Kam Kee YONG; Guido Lopez GAVILAN; Peter SCULTHORPE – Verdehr Trio – Crystal Records

The Verdehr Trio, “International Connections 2” = Nicolas BACRI: A Smiling Suite; Yang LIQING: Trio; Peter DICKINSON: Celebration Trio; Jonathon HARVEY: Clarinet Trio; Wolfram WAGNER: Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano; Kam Kee YONG: And the Fallen Petals; Guido Lopez GAVILAN: Como un antiguo bolero; Peter SCULTHORPE: Reef Singing – Walter Veredehr, violin/Elsa Ludwig-Verdehr, clarinet/Silvia Roederer, piano – […]

BRAHMS: “The Symphonies” – Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Andris Nelsons – BSO Classics

BRAHMS: “The Symphonies” – Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Andris Nelsons – BSO Classics

BRAHMS: “The Symphonies” – Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Andris Nelsons – BSO Classics 1701/03, 3 discs, 178:43 (5/26/17) ****: A bracing addition to an already rich field.  The Brahms symphonies are, without a doubt, among the masterpieces of the genre; filled with the master’s characteristics superb orchestrations, straight-forward but lovely harmonies and beautiful memorable melodies. They, […]

Jascha Heifetz: The Legendary Los Angeles Concerts = BRAHMS; HALVORSEN; BEETHOVEN; DVORAK; SARASOTE – Jascha Heifetz, violin/ Gregor Piatagorsky, cello/ NY Phil. Orch./ Leonard Bernstein/ LA Phil. Orch./ Zubin Mehta/ Bell Telephone Hour Orch./ Donald Vorhees – Rhine Classics

Jascha Heifetz: The Legendary Los Angeles Concerts = BRAHMS; HALVORSEN; BEETHOVEN; DVORAK; SARASOTE – Jascha Heifetz, violin/ Gregor Piatagorsky, cello/ NY Phil. Orch./ Leonard Bernstein/ LA Phil. Orch./ Zubin Mehta/ Bell Telephone Hour Orch./ Donald Vorhees – Rhine Classics

Jascha Heifetz: The Legendary Los Angeles Concerts = BRAHMS: Double Concerto in a minor, OP. 102; HALVORSEN: Passacaglia for Violin and Cello from Suite in g minor by Handel; BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61; DVORAK: Humoresque in G-flat Major, Op. 101, No. 7; SARASATE: Habanera, Op. 21, No. 2 – Jascha Heifetz, […]

MENDELSSOHN: Symphonies 1 through 5 – Yannick Nezet-Seguin & Chamber Orch. of Europe – DGG 

MENDELSSOHN: Symphonies 1 through 5 – Yannick Nezet-Seguin & Chamber Orch. of Europe – DGG 

MENDELSSOHN: Symphonies 1-5 – Yannick Nezet-Seguin & Chamber Orchestra of Europe – DGG 479 7337 CD 1 73:01, CD: 2 66:57, Cd 3 60:12, (6/16/17) ****: Rarely heard compilation of all five Mendelssohn symphonies played live by the sparkling Chamber Orchestra of Europe. There has never been any argument about Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies. They are […]

Carl Schuricht: Lucerne Festival = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 –  Robert Casadesus (p.) / Swiss Festival Orch. Vienna Phil. – Audite 

Carl Schuricht: Lucerne Festival = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 –  Robert Casadesus (p.) / Swiss Festival Orch. Vienna Phil. – Audite 

Carl Schuricht: Lucerne Festival = MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73 –  Robert Casadesus, piano/ Swiss Festival Orchestra/ Vienna Philharmonic – Audite 95.645, 68:21 (5/19/17) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: Grand music-making defines these two concerts led by veteran Carl Schuricht. The appearance […]

Tribute to Piatagorsky = BRAHMS: Double Concerto; SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto; BLOCH: Schelomo – Gregor Piatagorsky (cello) / Nathan Milstein (vln.)  – Praga Digitals

Tribute to Piatagorsky = BRAHMS: Double Concerto; SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto; BLOCH: Schelomo – Gregor Piatagorsky (cello) / Nathan Milstein (vln.) – Praga Digitals

Tribute to Piatagorsky = BRAHMS: Double Concerto in a minor, Op. 102; SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor, Op. 33; BLOCH: Schelomo – Rhapsody – Gregor Piatagorsky, cello/ Nathan Milstein, violin/ Robin Hood Dell Orchestra  of Philadelphia/ Fritz Reiner/ Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Charles Munch (Bloch) – Praga Digitals PRD 250 368, 70:56 (6/9/17) […]

Leopold STOKOWSKI conducts BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1; WEBER: Invitaton to the Dance; STRAUSS: Blue Danube and Vienna Woods Waltzes; LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 – Philadelphia Orch./ Leopold Stokowski – PASC

Leopold STOKOWSKI conducts BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1; WEBER: Invitaton to the Dance; STRAUSS: Blue Danube and Vienna Woods Waltzes; LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 – Philadelphia Orch./ Leopold Stokowski – PASC

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68; WEBER: Invitaton to the Dance, Op. 65 (arr. Berlioz/Stokowski); J. STRAUSS: On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 314; Tales from the Vienna Woods Waltz, Op. 325; LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (orch. Mueller-Berghaus) – Philadelphia Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio PASC 500, 70:01 [www.pristineclassical.com] […]

Arrangements or Transfigurations = BACH, MOZART, BRAHMS, STRAVINSKY, JANACEK: Pieces for piano, string trio/quartet, wind ensemble, orch. – Wilhelm Kempff (p.); Grumiaux Trio/ Arthur Rubinstein, Guarneri String Quartet; Chicago Symph. Orch./ Robert Craft/ Tokyo String Quartet/ London Symph. Orch./ Antal Dorati/ Prague Wind Quintet/ Zemlinsky Quartet  – Praga Digitals

Arrangements or Transfigurations = BACH, MOZART, BRAHMS, STRAVINSKY, JANACEK: Pieces for piano, string trio/quartet, wind ensemble, orch. – Wilhelm Kempff (p.); Grumiaux Trio/ Arthur Rubinstein, Guarneri String Quartet; Chicago Symph. Orch./ Robert Craft/ Tokyo String Quartet/ London Symph. Orch./ Antal Dorati/ Prague Wind Quintet/ Zemlinsky Quartet – Praga Digitals

Arrangements or Transfigurations = BACH: Prelude and Fugue in e-flat minor, BWV 853; MOZART: 6 Preludes and Fugues, K. 404a: No. 3 in d minor; BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25: Intermezzo; Intermezzo (orch. Schoenberg); STRAVINSKY: Three Pieces for String Quartet; Four Etudes for Orchestra; JANACEK: Mlada Suite for Wind Sextet; […]

Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of BRAHMS and SCHUBERT = BRAHMS: Piano Pieces, Op. 116 through 119; SCHUBERT: Piano Sonatas D. 959, D. 960 – Jorge Federico Osorio (p.) – Cedille

Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of BRAHMS and SCHUBERT = BRAHMS: Piano Pieces, Op. 116 through 119; SCHUBERT: Piano Sonatas D. 959, D. 960 – Jorge Federico Osorio (p.) – Cedille

Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of BRAHMS and SCHUBERT = BRAHMS: Piano Pieces, Op. 116, 117, 118, 119; SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959; Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960 – Jorge Federico Osorio, piano – Cedille CDR 9000 171 (2 CDs) 77:02; 79:24 (5/12/17) [Distr. by Naxos] **** Jorge Federico […]