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Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1988)

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Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1988)

Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 236 Mb | Total time: 50:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 420 885-2 | Recorded: 1969

Claudio Arrau, one of the greatest piano masters of the s. XX, leaves us astonished with this intense and majestic version, showing his immense knowledge of German Romanticism of which he was an excellent exponent. Excellent temps and wonderful nuances. Here Bernard Haitink shows us why he became a benchmark in conducting by one of the best ensembles on the planet: the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1988)

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Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1988)

Claudio Arrau, Bernard Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 275 Mb | Total time: 52:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 420 702-2 | Recorded: 1969

Claudio Arrau, one of the greatest piano masters of the s. XX, leaves us astonished with this intense and majestic version, showing his immense knowledge of German Romanticism of which he was an excellent exponent. Excellent temps and wonderful nuances. Here Bernard Haitink shows us why he became a benchmark in conducting by one of the best ensembles on the planet: the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Hardy Rittner - Brahms: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 5 (2016)

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Hardy Rittner - Brahms: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 5 (2016)

Hardy Rittner - Brahms: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 5 (2016)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 243 MB | 01:13:15
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

The conclusion and crowning culmination of an epochal project: Vol. 5 rounds off Hardy Rittner’s acclaimed Brahms complete recording on historical pianos. The careful selection of lavishly and lovingly restored concert grand pianos perfectly suited to this task enhances the value of this pioneering edition even more. The present release comes with a double high point: Rittner performs the variation cycles, works of the highest virtuosity producing an extraordinary audience impact, on a Steinway & Sons concert grand piano, serial number 553, manufactured around 1860.

Clifford Curzon, George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1999)

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Clifford Curzon, George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1999)

Clifford Curzon, George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 73:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 466 376-2 | Recorded: 1955, 1958, 1962

This version of Brahms's massive First Concerto was an instant classic when released in 1962 and recommending it now is still a no-brainer, especially in this effective remastering. Curzon gets to the heart of the music. He captures the high drama of the symphonic opening movement, and his rapt concentration makes a profound effect in the Adagio, famous for his controversially slow tempo. Szell is his equal here, conducting with passion. The way he screws up the tension in the orchestra's opening statement and then, through judicious rubato and a warming of the string tone, makes the second subject come alive is a mini-lesson in great conducting. With Boult, Curzon's Franck is on a similarly lofty plane, and the Litolff is a worthy filler.

Christoph Schoener - Brahms: Variations (Arr. for Organ) (2018)

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Christoph Schoener - Brahms: Variations (Arr. for Organ) (2018)

Christoph Schoener - Brahms: Variations (Arr. for Organ) (2018)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 256 MB | 01:09:25
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

This release follows some fine recordings with Christoph Schoener of Reger and Reger-arranged Bach from this venue, and with such consistently high results I’m now always on the lookout for new recordings from this source. As far as I can tell this is the only title available with this repertoire in organ arrangements, so quality and novelty would seem to be assured.

Robert Oberaigner, Norbert Anger, Michael Schöch - Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas & Clarinet Trio (2018)

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Robert Oberaigner, Norbert Anger, Michael Schöch - Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas & Clarinet Trio (2018)

Robert Oberaigner, Norbert Anger, Michael Schöch - Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas & Clarinet Trio (2018)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 235 MB | 01:06:05
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

Johannes Brahms had decided that his composing days were over, but then the retiree met Richard Mühlfeld, the clarinetist of the Meiningen Court Orchestra. Mühlfeld's playing so very much charmed the great composer that he once again put pencil to score paper - and did so again and again - and with magnificent results. Here the two Clarinet Sonatas and the equally marvelous Clarinet Trio are heard for the first time in high-resolution 3-D sound on Super Audio CD in performances by Robert Oberaigner and Michael Schöch - joined by Norbert Anger on the cello.

Emerson String Quartet, Leon Fleischer - Brahms: String Quartets & Piano Quintet (2007)

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Emerson String Quartet, Leon Fleischer - Brahms: String Quartets & Piano Quintet (2007)

Emerson String Quartet, Leon Fleischer - Brahms: String Quartets & Piano Quintet (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 646 MB | 02:21:30
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Rich, warm, ripe, and full of wisdom, the Emerson Quartet's 2007 recording of Brahms' three string quartets for Deutsche Grammophon is not only the finest recording of the group's 30-year career, but the recording that confirms its title as America's Greatest Quartet. Here, the Emerson's mastery of ensemble playing is complete. With its easy interplay, impeccable balances, and effortless tempo rubato, the Emerson has the vital cogency of a great jazz quartet. Beyond the technical, the Emerson's wholly unified interpretations are overwhelming.

Maria Sournatcheva, leksandr Shaikin - Widmung: Works by Robert & Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms (2019)

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Maria Sournatcheva, leksandr Shaikin - Widmung: Works by Robert & Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms (2019)

Maria Sournatcheva, leksandr Shaikin - Widmung: Works by Robert & Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms (2019)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 200 MB | 53:47
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Recital

A lot has been written about the multifaceted relationship between Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Maria Sournatcheva opens another audio chapter in this story. Together with the pianist Aleksandr Shaikin, this principal oboist from Winterthur explores the musical interrelations waiting for discovery in the chamber music of the three and very particularly in some of their songs. In the process she brings to light so many a veritable surprise. The critics showered superlatives on Maria Sournatcheva in their reviews of her debut SACD featuring oboe concertos by Russian composers, which even brought her an ECHO Klassik award.

Dina Ugorskaja, Peter Gülke, Brandenburger Symphoniker - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15, Intermezzi, Op. 117 (2019)

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Dina Ugorskaja, Peter Gülke, Brandenburger Symphoniker - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15, Intermezzi, Op. 117 (2019)

Dina Ugorskaja, Peter Gülke, Brandenburger Symphoniker - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15, Intermezzi, Op. 117 (2019)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 230 MB | 01:10:40
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene

History of the Piano Concerto in D minor by Johannes Brahms: how the composer initially planned a sonata for two pianos and then a symphony; how Beethoven's overwhelming legacy inhibited him; how the young composer also as a pianist ended up delighting his audiences in Hanover but unsettling them in Leipzig. Dina Ugorskaja, performing with the Brandenburg Symphony under the conductor and Siemens Prize recipient Peter Gülke, is now presenting this work in its essence: a magnificent contribution to the music literature that even 160 years after its premiere continues to be filled with enigmas and marvels.

Ensemble Kontraste - Rabl, Zemlinsky, Brahms (2005)

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Ensemble Kontraste - Rabl, Zemlinsky, Brahms (2005)

Ensemble Kontraste - Rabl, Zemlinsky, Brahms (2005)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 320 MB | 01:18:12
Genre: Classical | Label: Thorofon Records

This fine CD is a thoughtful and very generous combination of three late-Romantic pieces: one well known (the Brahms), one less known (the Zemlinsky), and one (the Rabl) that appears to have its first ever recording here. All three pieces are served admirably by this remarkable ensemble, and also by sensitive high-quality engineering. While all three are excellent, I agree with the last reviewer that the Rabl stands out from the other two.

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010

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Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010

Corydon Singers, Matthew Best - Johannes Brahms: Motets (1989) Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion/Helios | # CDH55346 | Time: 01:08:40

This fabulous recording featuring Matthew Best and the Corydon Singers was first released in 1989 at a time when they were recording the standard repertoire for small choirs for Hyperion, and this disc of Brahms' motets and shorter sacred choral pieces was, and is, one of their finest. From the smooth and lovely Ave Maria for women's choir and organ through their hard and harsh "Warum is das Licht gegeben?" to their craggy yet consoling "Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein," Best and his choir deliver technically impeccable and deeply moving performances. The Corydon Singers tend toward a big, lush, and slightly fruity sound, as is common with English choirs. But one cannot fault their diction, articulation, pronunciation or their tone, blend, and balance. Best's interpretations are soulful but not sentimental and expressive but not excessive. Recorded in full-bodied digital sound, these performances will likely please fans of Brahms' sacred choral music.

Trio Fontenay - Johannes Brahms: The Piano Trios (2009) 2CDs

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Trio Fontenay - Johannes Brahms: The Piano Trios (2009) 2CDs

Trio Fontenay - Johannes Brahms: The Piano Trios (2009) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 504 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 307 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Apex | # 2564 69209-3 | Time: 02:03:19

This duo set unites all of Brahms’ Piano Trios, masterpieces of the genre, in performances of integrity and beauty from the Trio Fontenay.

Accentus, Laurence Equilbey - Brahms & Schumann: A Capella Choruses (2006)

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Accentus, Laurence Equilbey - Brahms & Schumann: A Capella Choruses (2006)

Accentus, Laurence Equilbey - Brahms & Schumann: A Capella Choruses (2006)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 197 MB | 53:33
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics

Founded in 1991 by French choral director Laurence Equilbey, the 32-member Choeur de Chambre Accentus' 1996 Virgin recording of a cappella songs and ballads by Brahms and Schumann is as clear and lovely as a cloud-flecked sky in early October. Composed during his early years in Hamburg, Brahms' Gesänge, Op. 42, are robustly romantic, while his Gesänge, Op. 104, composed during his late maturity in Vienna, are autumnally nostalgic. Composed primarily in Dresden, Schumann wrote his Romanzen und Ballades about the same time he started his long, slow decline into madness. But in these performances by the Accentus Chamber Choir, all the music – early, mature, or melancholy – sounds crisp, alert, and strong.

Emanuel Ax, Bernard Haitink - Brahms: Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 & Sonata in D Major, Op. 78 (1999)

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Emanuel Ax, Bernard Haitink - Brahms: Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 & Sonata in D Major, Op. 78 (1999)

Emanuel Ax, Bernard Haitink - Brahms: Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 83 & Sonata in D Major, Op. 78 (1999)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 312 MB | 01:17:59
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

This is as fine a performance of the concerto as you are likely to hear. From the wistful opening horn solo to the sunny, cheerful finale, Ax and Haitink bring out its grandeur, power, and majesty, but also its tender, pensive lyricism and feathery playfulness. Every note is important; there is time to caress details and nuances without losing sweep and flow; rhythms are flexible, liberties poised, the orchestral sound is intense yet clear. The playing of the sonata, too, is all anyone could wish for, technically, musically, and expressively; but, among the transcriptions of Brahms's works–some of which he sanctioned or made himself–this arrangement of the First Violin Sonata for cello by an unknown hand is one of the more controversial and less felicitous.

Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire ‎- Salzburg: Johannes Brahms, Sergey Rachmaninov, Franz Schubert, Maurice Ravel (2009) Re-Up

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Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire ‎- Salzburg: Johannes Brahms, Sergey Rachmaninov, Franz Schubert, Maurice Ravel (2009) Re-Up

Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire ‎- Salzburg (2009)
Johannes Brahms - Sergey Rachmaninov - Franz Schubert - Maurice Ravel

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 477 8570 | Time: 01:12:25

Pianists Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire are stupendous virtuosos, and there's nothing in this recording of their 2009 Salzburg recital of staggeringly difficult works they cannot play. They know each other so well as old duo piano partners that their playing is stunning in its unity, but their distinctive individuality also comes across. What's most impressive about this recital is how completely Argerich and Freire have made this music their own. Brahms' Haydn Variations sound freer and fresher, more playful, and more profound than ever. Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances are thrillingly rhapsodic, rapturous, and dramatic. Schubert's Grand Rondeau is more lyrical, intimate, and graceful than usual, and Ravel's La Valse more ecstatic and apocalyptically over-the-top frightening than in any comparable recordings, including Argerich's own earlier releases. Captured in wonderfully clear yet wholly present digital sound, the performances on this disc will be compulsory listening for anyone who loves music, any music.