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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 / Serenades Nos. 1 & 2 / Haydn Variations
Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 / Serenades Nos. 1 & 2 / Haydn Variations (Decca 480 4839)
SKU: 16071
Price:
AU $27.22

  
Label: Decca Cat. No.: 480 4839 Medium: CD No. Discs: 4
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Part of a survey of Istvan Kertesz's Decca discography on Eloquence. Other titles in this survey.

There have been many recordings of the Brahms symphonies but few have the passion, vitality and drive of Istvan Kertesz"s Vienna Philharmonic cycle. This 4CD collection brings together all of Kertesz"s Brahms recordings for Decca. The two Serenades were recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra. His Wiener Philharmoniker Brahms cycle began in May 1964 with a recording of the Second Symphony and continued in 1972-73 with the remaining symphonies and the Variations on a theme of Haydn. Recording of the Variations commenced on 1 March 1972, and upon Kertesz's passing (16 April 1973), the orchestra completed the recording on 14 May 1973, conductor-less, in his memory.

"The playing and the recording are gorgeous-just listen to the way the oboe steals in as if from nowhere for its main solo in the slow movement" - [Symphony No. 1] Gramophone.

"This is a really excellent performance … This orchestra plays marvellously" - [Symphony No. 2] Gramophone.

"Kertesz's is an exemplary reading of the Fourth Symphony" - Gramophone.

"[The Symphonies] are superbly played by the Vienna Philharmonic and this account of No. 3 is deeply musical, unaffected and natural, distinguished by warm string tone and eloquent wind playing. The wind blend beautifully, even the somewhat thin Viennese oboe tone sounds splendidly expressive … The recording is exceptionally well-balanced; it has just the right perspective and the relationship between wind and the rest of the orchestra, which seems to baffle many balance engineers these days, could not be more musically or naturally judged. The same goes for the St Antoni Variations the last part of which were recorded in Kertesz's much lamented absence." - Gramophone.

"the VPO plays this music as if it was written for it" - Classical Net.

The Penguin Guide has nominated Kertesz's recordings of the Brahms Serenades as one of the 1000 Finest Classical recordings ever made.

A Decca Eloquence 4-CD set.

To be released 26 October 2012.

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Composers: Brahms.
Conductors: Istvan Kertesz.
Orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker.
Tracks: JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)

Symphonies Nos. 1-4
Variations on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56a

Wiener Philharmoniker / Istvan Kertesz

Serenades Nos. 1 & 2
London Symphony Orchestra / Istvan Kertesz
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 4
SKU #: 16071
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 480 4839
Price: AU $27.22   
See also:
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 'Romantic'
    Dvorak: Overtures & Tone Poems
    Dvorak: Requiem / Rossini: Stabat Mater
    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 / Serenade for wind instruments
    Kodaly: Choral works / Bartok: Cantata Profana
    Kodaly: Hary Janos / Bartok: Duke Bluebeard's Castle
    Kodaly: Orchestral works
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