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Ernest Ansermet - Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 / Overtures / Alto Rhapsody etc
Ernest Ansermet - Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 / Overtures / Alto Rhapsody etc (Decca 480 0448)
SKU: 12682
Price:
AU $22.68

  
Label: Decca Cat. No.: 480 0448 Medium: CD No. Discs: 4
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'The veteran Swiss conductor was a fine Brahms conductor' wrote Gramophone magazine, and as these recordings prove, he was indeed. The majority of these recordings make their first international debut on CD, following repeated requests by Ansermet fans around the world. Classically poised yet Romantically generous in their spirit, they make a welcome appearance on CD.

Surveying the series in his liner notes for this set, Colin Anderson writes: "Ansermet takes a broad view of Brahms's Requiem setting; expressive and imploring at the outset, but never mawkish, weighted in the second and not afraid to reveal the music's bittersweet quality (fourth and fifth movements) while aiming for clarity in even the most lung-bursting, cathedral-filling passages. The music is typically well-analysed by Ansermet; although this is not a 'heavyweight' performance, the music emerges with a big if burdened core, enough to convince that Ein deutsches Requiem might just be Brahms's greatest achievement. Similarly, Ansermet's conducting of Brahms's four symphonies is trusting and unvarnished, perceptive of the written page and overall structure while being generously appreciative of the music's poetic machinations; music at once painstakingly Classical and heart-divulgingly Romantic."

A Decca Eloquence 4-CD set in the Decca Ansermet Legacy series.

Artists: Helen Watts (mezzo-soprano), Agnes Giebel (soprano), Hermann Prey (baritone), Choeur de la Radio Suisse Romande, Choeur Pro Arte de Lausanne.
Composers: Brahms.
Conductors: Ernest Ansermet.
Orchestras: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Tracks:
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)

CD 1

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
1
2
3
4      
I.
II.
III.
IV.      
Un poco sostenuto - Allegro - Meno allegro
Andante sostenuto
Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio - Piu allegro

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
5
6
7
8
I.
II.
III.
IV.
Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo I
Andante
Poco allegretto
Allegro

CD 2

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 72
1
2
3
4
I.
II.
III.
IV.
Allegro non troppo
Adagio non troppo - l'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai
Allegro con spirito

5

6

Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

CD 3

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
1
2
3
4
I.
II.
III.
IV.
Allegro non troppo
Andante moderato
Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo I
Allegro energico e passionato - Piu allegro

5

6

7

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Nanie, Op. 82

Rhapsody for Alto, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 53

Helen Watts (contralto)

CD 4

Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.
VI.
VII.
'Selig sind, die da Lied tragen' Chorus
'Denn alles Fleisch, est ist wie Gras' Chorus
'Herr, lehre doch mich' Baritone solo and chorus
'Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen' Chorus
'Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit' Soprano solo and chorus
'Denn wie haben hie keine bleibende Statt' Baritone solo and Chorus
'Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herrn Sterben' Chorus

Agnes Giebel (soprano), Hermann Prey (baritone) [CD 4]
Choeur de la Radio Suisse Romande
Choeur Pro Arte de Lausanne
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet

Recording location: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, February 1963 (Symphonies, Haydn Variations, Overtures), October 1965 (Rhapsody), June 1966 (Nanie, German Requiem)
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 4
SKU #: 12682
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 480 0448
Price: AU $22.68   
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