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Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Jeremy Denk, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - For the Love of Johannes Brahms (2016) [Re-Up]

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Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Jeremy Denk, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - For the Love of Johannes Brahms (2016) [Re-Up]

Johannes Brahms: Double Concerto in A Minor & Piano Trio in B Major (2016)
Robert Schumann: Violin Concerto in D Minor (coda by Benjamin Britten)
Joshua Bell, violin & music director; Steven Isserlis, cello
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Jeremy Denk, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 358 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88985321792 | Time: 01:16:35

Violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis are joined by two acclaimed musical forces - pianist Jeremy Denk and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, of which Bell is Music Director – in a landmark joint recording, For the Love of Brahms (Sony Classical). Available September 30, 2016, the new album is a unique project that features works of Brahms and Schumann that Bell calls “music about love and friendship.” Bell, Isserlis and Denk unite here in Brahms’s first published chamber work, the Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 in its rarely performed original 1854 version. Isserlis also joins Bell – as violin soloist and director – and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in Brahms’s last orchestral work, the celebrated Double Concerto (for Violin and Cello) in A Minor, Op. 102. Bell, Isserlis and members of the Academy also offer the first recording of an unusual coupling: the slow movement of Schumann’s rarely heard Violin Concerto, in a version for string orchestra made by Benjamin Britten, who also added a short coda.

Ludwig Quartet - Johannes Brahms: String Quintets Nos. 1 and 2 (2017)

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Ludwig Quartet - Johannes Brahms: String Quintets Nos. 1 and 2 (2017)

Ludwig Quartet - Johannes Brahms: String Quintets Nos. 1 and 2 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 59:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553635 | Recorded: 1995

Like Mozart, Brahms was a bit uncomfortable writing string quartets, where the desire to maintain an absolutely democratic discourse among the participants often led to overly dense textures and rhythmic heaviness. The extra viola part offered by the quintet medium, however, allowed both composers to relax a bit and write music with the richness of texture they both loved, without forcing. These two works really don't seem to get the attention that they deserve, either on recordings or in concert, but they are both vintage Brahms. Fortunately, Naxos seems to be dedicated to a complete survey of the chamber music of the great composers, and they are working with a very fine stable of artists.

Riccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 & Anton Webern: Im Sommerwind (1990)

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Riccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 & Anton Webern: Im Sommerwind (1990)

Riccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 & Anton Webern: Im Sommerwind (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 224Mb | Total time: 56:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 430 324-2 | Recorded: 1989

Chailly has radically rethought his approach to these works, re-examining the scores and returning to the recorded interpretations of a generation of conductors alive during Brahms lifetime, principally Felix Weingartner and one of his Gewandhaus predecessors Bruno Walter.

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 3: Brahms (2010)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 3: Brahms (2010)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 3: Brahms (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.86 Gb | Total time: 07:40:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Membran Music | # 233110 | Recorded: 1926-1954

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime - he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwangler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part ofthe music scene.

Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu - Heimat (2017)

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Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu - Heimat (2017)

Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu - Heimat (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 235 Mb | Total time: 66:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 88985393032 | Recorded: 2016, 2017

German-born baritone Benjamin Appl studied with the legendary Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, whose voice his own resembles on the surface. But then he moved to England and has stayed on there. Heimat (Homeland) is not just an exploration of that German concept, but a personal statement and even a bit of an autobiography, with notes from the artist himself (find these if you listen via download or stream) explaining the resonances of each individual song. This kind of personal connection is what classical music in general needs right now, and all the more so in the rather closed tradition of the German Lied.

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1985)

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Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1985)

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 223 Mb | Total time: 48:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 414 458-2 | Recorded: 1979

Solti finds all the detail in the score not only in the very grand passages but brings tenderness to the more reflective sections which is a joy to listen too. The CSO are magnificent, the strings have that bloom that makes you think of the Vienna Philharmonic at their peak, the rest of the ensemble are no less perfect either. The Decca recording, which just predates digital sound, is full and opulent and puts you in the best seat in the concert hall and is as just as good, if not better, then many later recordings of these works.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1984)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1984)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 215 Mb | Total time: 50:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 410 199-2 | Recorded: 1982

The Second Concerto is more unitary in manner. There are still occasional moments of hard tone from Ashkenazy, but they are less noticeable here. It’s a nice performance if you like a pretty broad first movement, an energetic but controlled Scherzo, a mellow Andante and a Finale which aims more at grace and good humour than anything climatic. The recording is lively with a touch of glare at times.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1983)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1983)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 203 Mb | Total time: 48:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 410 009-2 | Recorded: 1981

Johannes Brahms was not a composer who showed much confidence early on in his career, at least as far as large-scale orchestral forms were concerned. Take for instance what we know to be his Piano Concerto No. 1, which premiered in 1859. This work began as a sonata for two pianos, and then Brahms considered developing it into a symphony. But the shadow of Beethoven's nine essays in the symphonic form dogged Brahms so much that his First Symphony didn't appear for almost two decades. It finally emerged into this turbulent and elongated D Minor concerto and, despite receiving a fairly frigid reception at its premiere, it is a work that has come to be seen as Brahms' first true large-scale orchestral masterpiece.

Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam - Brahms: Serenades Op. 11 & Op. 16 (1991)

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Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam - Brahms: Serenades Op. 11 & Op. 16 (1991)

Bernard Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam - Brahms: Serenades Op. 11 & Op. 16 (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 355 Mb | Total time: 75:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 432 510-2 | Recorded: 1976, 1980

The two Serenades, Op. 11 and Op. 16, represented two of the earliest efforts by Johannes Brahms to write orchestral music. Recorded with Bernard Haitink at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with its own wonderful unique acoustic these serenades never sounded better. First of all, Haitink is supremely competent with a superb baton technique and an almost unmatched ability to balance an orchestra and shape a movement. Second of all, Haitink is a supremely tasteful conductor who never imposes his will on the music through his interpretations, but rather allows the interpretation to arise from the music.

Lars Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1; Four Ballades (2019)

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Lars Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1; Four Ballades (2019)

Lars Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1; Four Ballades (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 72:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | ODE 1330-2 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

Lars Vogt continues his series of concerto recordings with the Royal Northern Sinfonia with this new recording of Johannes Brahms (18331897) First Piano Concerto together with Four Ballades (Op. 10) for solo piano. As in previous albums, Lars Vogt conducts from the keyboard. The evolution of Brahms 1st Piano Concerto took several steps. Originally conceived to become a Sonata for Two Pianos through orchestration it was developed into a four-movement Symphony until reaching into its final form of a Piano Concerto in three movements. During the process, which lasted from 1854 to 1856, some movements were also discarded and replaced by new material.

Benjamin Appl, Graham Johnson - Johannes Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 7 (2018)

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Benjamin Appl, Graham Johnson - Johannes Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 7 (2018)

Benjamin Appl, Graham Johnson - Johannes Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 7 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 268 Mb | Total time: 76:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDJ33127 | Recorded: 2016

The last private pupil of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Benjamin Appl has already been hailed as ‘Lieder royalty’ (The Spectator). Further proof comes with this distinguished Hyperion debut: volume 7 of our complete Brahms songs.

Ian Bostridge, Graham Johnson - Johannes Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 6 (2015)

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Ian Bostridge, Graham Johnson - Johannes Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 6 (2015)

Ian Bostridge, Graham Johnson - Johannes Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 6 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 237 Mb | Total time: 67:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDJ33126 | Recorded: 2013

Ian Bostridge brings his characterful lyricism, and singing of beautiful intelligence, to a welcome sixth volume in Graham Johnson’s comprehensive series.

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

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100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.40 Gb | Total time: 05:28:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6001 | Recorded: 1961-2017

This imaginatively-curated, generously-filled Christmas package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. Why? Because it packs in every conceivable carol, tune, choral work or song in timeless performances from the greatest artists in the world: singers of immense communicative gifts including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. It truly offers something of every Christmas mind, spirit, and looks fantastic.

Arttu Kataja, Pauliina Tukiainen - Serious Songs: Sibelius, Brahms, Schumann, Kuula (2020)

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Arttu Kataja, Pauliina Tukiainen - Serious Songs: Sibelius, Brahms, Schumann, Kuula (2020)

Arttu Kataja, Pauliina Tukiainen - Serious Songs: Sibelius, Brahms, Schumann, Kuula (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 232 Mb | Total time: 76:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alba Records | ABCD 456 | Recorded: 2019

Finnish baritone Arttu Kataja fell in love with Lied music in his first singing lessons at the age of 16 but the idea of his own Lied record was born only after he had worked as a professional for years. The collaboration with pianist Pauliina Tukiainen had already begun years earlier, and the joint record project also felt natural. Both artists have roots and identity in Finland, but both have grown up in the profession and worked in Germany for years. In addition, both Kataja and Tukiainen share a passionate and uncom-promising attitude towards Lied music. In recent years, the couple has given concerts not only in Central Europe but also in Helsinki, where their interpretation of Schubert's Winterreis was a critical success. They will start the 2020/2021 season with a Lied concert at the Berlin State Opera.

Christopher Maltman, Graham Johnson - Johannes Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 5 (2014)

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Christopher Maltman, Graham Johnson - Johannes Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 5 (2014)

Christopher Maltman, Graham Johnson - Johannes Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 5 (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 184 Mb | Total time: 57:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDJ33125 | Recorded: 2013

A new recording from renowned recitalist and winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Christopher Maltman. Graham Johnson is both accompanist and curator of this series that presents the entire piano-accompanied songs and vocal works of Johannes Brahms.