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Matthias Goerne, Christoph Eschenbach - Johannes Brahms: Vier Ernste Gesange Op.121; Lieder Und Gesange Op.32 (2016)

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Matthias Goerne, Christoph Eschenbach - Johannes Brahms: Vier Ernste Gesange Op.121; Lieder Und Gesange Op.32 (2016)

Johannes Brahms: Vier Ernste Gesänge Op.121; Lieder Und Gesänge Op.32 (2016)
Matthias Goerne, baritone; Christoph Eschenbach, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 205 Mb | Artwork included | 00:55:47
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 902174

It's the late Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121, that get the big print on the cover of this release by the awe-inspiring baritone Matthias Goerne, but actually the music on the album falls into a neat early-middle-late classification scheme. The group of middle-period settings of poetry by Heinrich Heine doesn't even get graphics on the cover, but these are fascinating. Brahms wrote a lot of songs, but you couldn't do better than the selection and performances here for a cornerstone collection item. Beyond the sheer beauty of Goerne's voice is an ability to shift gears to match how Brahms' style evolved. If you want to hear his real slashing, operatic high notes, check out the Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 32, settings of poems by the minor poets Georg Friedrich Daumer and Karl August Graf von Platen. These rather overwrought texts add up to a kind of slimmed-down Winterreise, and they catch the spirit of the still-young Brahms with his strong passions, elegantly controlled. The Heine settings, which come from several different sets of lieder, are not that often heard and are in some ways the most compelling of the group here.

Magdalena Kožená, Yefim Bronfman - Nostalgia: Bartók, Mussorgsky, Brahms (2021)

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Magdalena Kožená, Yefim Bronfman - Nostalgia: Bartók, Mussorgsky, Brahms (2021)

Magdalena Kožená, Yefim Bronfman - Nostalgia: Bartók, Mussorgsky, Brahms (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 235 Mb | Total time: 64:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | # PTC 5816 777 | Recorded: 2019

On her third PENTATONE album Nostalgia, Magdalena Kožená presents Bartók’s Village Scenes, Mussorgsky’s The Nursery and a selection of Brahms songs, together with acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman. Sung in Slovak, Russian and German, these songs on love, longing and innocence show three master composers transforming folk traditions into their unique musical styles. Kožená demonstrates her vocal mastery once more, and this recording with Bronfman is the result of a two-decades-spanning congenial artistic partnership.

Pierre Fournier: The Aristocrat of Cellists [7CDs] (2010)

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Pierre Fournier: The Aristocrat of Cellists [7CDs] (2010)

Pierre Fournier: The Aristocrat of Cellists [7CDs] (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,77 Gb | Total time: 8:18:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 6 29539 2 | Recorded: 1937-1971

Pierre Fournier was born in Paris on 24 June in 1906 the son of a French army general. He was known for his lyrical playing and his impeccable artistic sensitivity and this, during his lifetime, earned him the title 'the aristocrat of cellists'.
Fournier was first taught piano by his mother but at the age of nine he suffered a mild case of polio and lost some of the agility in his legs and feet. He was no longer able to master the use of the piano pedals and so turned to the cello.

András Schiff, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Johannes Brahms: Piano Concertos (2021)

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András Schiff, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Johannes Brahms: Piano Concertos (2021)

András Schiff, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Johannes Brahms: Piano Concertos (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 358 Mb | Total time: 94:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ECM New Series | # ECM 2690/91 | Recorded: 2019

Sir Andr s Schiff's remarkable new recording finds the great pianist reassessing interpretive approaches to Brahms in the inspired company of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Their collaboration in a series of concerts was widely acclaimed and led to them recapturing the experience at Abbey Road where it was recorded in December 2019. Schiff plays on a Blthner piano built around 1859, the year the D minor concerto premiered.

Barry Douglas - Johannes Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Volume 1 (2012)

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Barry Douglas - Johannes Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Volume 1 (2012)

Barry Douglas - Johannes Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 1 (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 196 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN10716 | Time: 01:17:39

Irish pianist Barry Douglas has largely avoided recording, but has made a substantial reputation on the concert stage. You'd think he might have cultivated a commanding, public style, but in this first-in-a-series album of Brahms piano works, he instead offers quiet, finely wrought interpretations. The programming concept itself is a bit involved, but Douglas pulls it off: instead of offering short works in complete sets, he picks and chooses in order to create a convincing sequence of moods and modes of expression. Here, Douglas sets Brahms' late works against broader works from earlier in the composer's career. His control over the Intermezzo, Capriccio, and Romance sets of Opp. 116, 117, and 118, is extraordinary, and few pianists have ever evoked so well the quintessential reaction to late Brahms: that when you hear the performance just once, you have an uncanny feeling of barely having scratched the surface. In Douglas' hands, the larger Rhapsodies, Op. 79, and the Ballade in B major, Op. 10/4, almost inspire relaxation: here Douglas turns up the volume and revels a bit in the melodies.

Antti Siirala - Johannes Brahms: Sonata in F minor; 16 Waltzes (2004)

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Antti Siirala - Johannes Brahms: Sonata in F minor; 16 Waltzes (2004)

Antti Siirala - Johannes Brahms: Sonata in F minor; 16 Waltzes (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 191 Mb | Total time: 62:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1044-2 | Recorded: 2004

This is a strikingly good disc, notable as once for the full-bodied, golden tone of the piano (superbly recorded) and Siirala's ability to hold both long movements and large structures together with playing of refined musicality.

Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven, Brahms: Violin Concertos (2005/1992)

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Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven, Brahms: Violin Concertos (2005/1992)

Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Beethoven, Brahms: Violin Concertos (2005/1992)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 6.58 Gb (DVD9) | 95 min
Classical | EMI Classics

Itzhak Perlman made his public debut on American radio at the age of ten, and has since become universally acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest virtuosi. His range of repertoire is immense, and he plays chamber music with as much enthusiasm as he brings to concertos and solo recitals. Perlman is joined by fellow veteran Daniel Barenboim conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in a stunning live performance of two of the great landmarks of the violin concerto repertoire.

Emmanuelle Bertrand, Pascal Amoyel - Johannes Brahms: Sonatas & Liebeslieder (2021)

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Emmanuelle Bertrand, Pascal Amoyel - Johannes Brahms: Sonatas & Liebeslieder (2021)

Emmanuelle Bertrand, Pascal Amoyel - Johannes Brahms: Sonatas & Liebeslieder (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 73:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM 902329 | Recorded: 2021

Emmanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel celebrate twenty years together as a cello and piano duet. It is hardly surprising that they chose to mark this anniversary with the music of Brahms, a composer who has been a constant on their beautiful journey together. Beyond his two ultra-romantic sonatas, they take listeners to an even deeper emotional realm, with his lieder, splendidly "sung" by the cello!

Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin - Johannes Brahms: Sonatas for Viola and Piano (1997) [Re-Up]

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Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin - Johannes Brahms: Sonatas for Viola and Piano (1997) [Re-Up]

Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin - Johannes Brahms: Sonaten für Viola und Klavier (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 199 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1630, 457 068-2 | Time: 00:44:04

These two sonatas, originally written for clarinet, marked the end of an intense period of depression for Brahms, during which his creative energies had all but faded. Kim Kashkashian, whose command of the viola unearths an even deeper realm of possibility in this already engaging diptych, faithfully captures the somber circumstances of its creation. In doing so, she shows that the viola is no less an instrument of breath, drawing from deep within her lungs the sheer vocal power required to carry across such arresting music.

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Brahms: Overtures, "Haydn" Variations, Serenade No.2 (2007/1973)

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Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Brahms: Overtures, "Haydn" Variations, Serenade No.2 (2007/1973)

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Brahms: Overtures, "Haydn" Variations, Serenade No.2 (2007/1973)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 5.96 Gb (DVD9) | 84 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon

Leonard Bernstein recorded nearly all of Brahms's orchestral works on film with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to honour the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth in 1983. Today, the cycle is considered a landmark in the interpretation of Brahms's music. Here are four masterpieces: the two concert overtures, the brilliant "Haydn" Variations, and the delightfully Haydnesque A major Serenade.

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky - Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto (2007/1983)

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Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky - Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto (2007/1983)

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky - Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto (2007/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.87 Gb (DVD9) | 97 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Leonard Bernstein and the Wiener Philharmoniker perform Brahms orchestral works. Between 1981 and 1984 Leonard Bernstein recorded nearly all of Brahms's orchestral works with the Wiener Philharmoniker to honor the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth in 1983. For the concertos, Bernstein enlisted the services of some of the finest Brahms interpreters of the time: the violoninst Gidon Kremer, the cellist Mischa Maisky and the pianist Krystian Zimerman.

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Brahms: The Symphonies [2007/1981]

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Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Brahms: The Symphonies [2007/1981]

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Brahms: The Symphonies [2007/1981]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.46 Gb+7.44 Gb (2xDVD9) | 235 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

"A straight, direct reading [of No.2], with glowing pastoral lyricism … The opening [of No.4] is simple and songful, yet there is plenty of vitality too, the third movement is rhythmically exhilarating and the great passacaglia has weight and momentum … there is real Brahmsian gravitas here" (Gramophone).

Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven, Mozart & Brahms: Piano Concertos (2005/1977-79)

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Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven, Mozart & Brahms: Piano Concertos (2005/1977-79)

Maurizio Pollini, Wiener Philharmoniker - Beethoven, Mozart & Brahms: Piano Concertos (2005/1977-79)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.18 + 6.67 Gb (2xDVD9) | 180 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Italiano

Here are Maurizio Pollini's compelling interpretations — paired with two now legendary conductors - of five piano masterworks performed with the Vienna Philharmonic at home, the Musikverein's magnificent "golden hall" In Mozart and Beethoven the camera captures the pianist's virtuosity as well as his empathy with Karl Bohm as they document the only two Mozart concertos that Pollini has ever released. For the Brahms concerto Pollini is joined by a young Claudio Abbado creating great music-making in which this essential repertoire is joyfully illuminated by two kindred spirits.

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Krystian Zimerman - Brahms: The Piano Concertos (2007/1984)

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Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Krystian Zimerman - Brahms: The Piano Concertos (2007/1984)

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Krystian Zimerman - Brahms: The Piano Concertos (2007/1984)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.75 Gb (DVD9) | 109 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon

"Both Zimerman and Bernstein are involved and involving here … a rapt intensity [in the slow movement]" (Gramophone on No.1). "Bernstein and Zimerman have established a masterly understanding of the work, and their artistic symbiosis is inpressive" (Gramophone on No.2).

Pietro Scarpini - Discovered Tapes. From Baroque to Contemporary [12CDs] (2018)

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Pietro Scarpini - Discovered Tapes. From Baroque to Contemporary [12CDs] (2018)

Pietro Scarpini - Discovered Tapes. From Baroque to Contemporary [12CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,58 Gb | Total time: 14:02:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Rhine Classics | # RH-010 | Recorded: 1952-1967

A new enlightening box of mostly live and radio recordings by the intellectual among the pianists: Pietro Scarpini. ""A sterling achievement. For me, the whole series has been a voyage of discovery […] In terms of production quality and presentation. The Pietro Scarpini Edition gets my wholehearted recommendation for resuscitating the memory of a long-forgotten artist. (MusicWeb) Pietro Scarpini was called ""a pianist of prodigious capacities"" by New York Times critic Olin Downes after the performance of the Prokofiev 2nd concerto. Though he studied conducting at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, as well as composition with Casella, to whom the Busoni Op 54 is dedicated, and with Respighi, it is as a pianist that realized his ultimate talent. Scarpini was a rare combination: a highly intellectual pianist with a virtuoso technique. He was a dignified and solitary person with a serious approach to music, single-mindedly following the course of his artistic convictions without compromise.